Why Do We Make Following Jesus So Complicated?

His Word Is For Us

Saleama A. Ruvalcaba

I’m not against Bible teachers, or conferences or anything that will feed the soul for God’s kingdom. But there are times I think we make following Christ – an impossible task. We are bombarded with so many ways to pray, to study the Bible, to serve and reach the lost. When things go wrong in our lives, we might be tempted to think we didn’t follow the rules properly.

I recently heard a testimony of a man who became a follower of Jesus Christ while in prison. He said no one in particular led him to Christ. He found a Bible and read it. And then he kept reading it – and reading it! Through reading the Bible on his own, he totally transformed his life. He now shares his testimony with others with the hopes of leading people to Jesus.

This man didn’t have access to conferences and different speakers to give him ideas on how to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He had one thing – the Bible.

I know the Bible can be intimidating. But I also know God wants every person, whom He created, to know and understand His Word. The Bible can transform any person who takes the time to study it properly. It’s not simply a book to study, rather it is direct communication with your Heavenly Father.

I recall a few years ago I was upset about the lack of money our family had. I would pray for God to provide. His provisions would come in small portions. One day I was really upset so I asked God why He only provided just enough- never more than enough! The next day I read in Exodus how God gave the Israelites manna from heaven. I read how God told them to take just what they needed for that day and no more. God was teaching the Israelites to trust Him.

Through reading that story in the Bible, I began to understand more about God. I wasn’t seeing the big picture. I did not see how God was answering our daily prayers. I wanted more than enough. I didn’t want to trust God every day for His provisions. God revealed my lack of faith in Him through studying the Bible. I didn’t need to read something on how to pray to get your prayers answered. His Word taught me what I needed to know during that season in my life.

I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with prayer books or conferences. But I am suggesting that when we spend more time in God’s Word – and less time running down other avenues to understand Him – we will in fact grow within our soul. We will know God on a deeper level.

If the Bible seems daunting, don’t worry, God wants to teach you. Pray and ask Him to open His Word to you. If need be, just take baby steps. It is better to try to read His Word, even a little, than not at all. The more you read, the more He will reveal Himself and you’ll grow deeper every day.

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

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