14th February 2012

K.I.S.S.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)

K.I.S.S. stands for ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’. This is advice given to people who are preparing plans or projects. We always have a tendency to increase complexity, to elaborate and embellish.

For thousands of years, people ate with their fingers, and a spoon or perhaps a knife. Forks were used in Europe for most of the past thousand years, but before they came into widespread use in Britain in the 1700s, they were regarded as “an unmanly Italian affectation”. A formal table setting now can have a salad fork, a soup spoon, a fish fork and a fish knife, a dinner fork and a service knife, a butter knife, and a dessert spoon and a cake fork.

An elderly man, from humble circumstances, rose to eminence. A grand dinner was given in his honour. When the waiter came to remove the dishes from the soup course, the old man held on to his spoon. Not wishing to embarrass the guest for his lack of sophistication, the waiter said that he would bring another, smaller, spoon for the dessert. The old man said that his mouth would be just as big for the pudding as it had been for the soup.

He was keeping it simple.

Just as with cutlery, we have complicated our relationships with God. Well-meaning people have developed elaborate rituals to help in worship, but often obscure the message as a result. When Jesus was asked what was the most important commandment, He gave the simple and succinct answer found in Matthew 22:37 (NIV), “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

Jesus was keeping it simple.

Let us remember the sublime simplicity of Christ and Keep It Simple, (you’re not Stupid). 

Prayer
Great God Almighty, help us to remember that You are love, and that we learn to be like your beloved Son as we practice love – love of You and love of neighbour.
Amen

Study by Jim Robertson

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