Have you ever wondered about the directions listed on the back of a shampoo bottle? I mean, it’s not rocket science. Yet, it seems that the manufacturers of many of these products believe we, the consumer, aren’t bright enough to figure out on our own how to wash our hair. I noticed something interesting about these directions while reading several bottles on the shelf in my shower. Two of the shampoos were for women, or at least marketed that way. The directions on those bottles were quite complex, including steps like: wet the hair, use a liberal amount of product, lather hair from roots to tips-being careful not to tangle the strands, rinse thoroughly, repeat the process and finally, for best results, follow up with more hair care products from the same product line. However, the men’s shampoo instructions were simply, “lather, rinse and get on with your day”. Now, that’s simplicity!
We often make things more complicated than they need to be, don’t we? But, when we share the Gospel with others, we need to avoid the tendency to add to, expand upon or stretch the facts. How often do we send seekers running when we load them down with rules, doctrine, dogma and expectations? When we do this, we muddy the waters and make it very hard for people to see the truth of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is really not that complex. Jesus sums it up in these two sentences, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17).
That is the core message. Now, I don’t mean that someone who is interested in knowing more about Jesus won’t have additional questions or need more information. However, we need to be careful that we don’t over-complicate it and make a mess out of the message.
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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