As simple as a click.

First published January 17, 2013

A bunch of guys, sitting around a campfire, laughing with Jesus. That’s what it was like. Or a group of women and men sitting on a hillside, trying to figure out what the truly good life looks like, with Jesus offering counsel, providing examples, challenging assumptions.

We make being a disciple really complicated. So complicated that many of my friends think they don’t know enough. So we keep reading, keep taking classes, keep talking in earnest voices about what might possibly count.

And so I’ve been trying to figure out the one-click version of disciples. In the same way that Amazon makes buying books incredibly simple with their “1-click“, I want to find the simple approach to being a disciple.

I thought about that group on the hill, laughing, crying, amazed at the way Jesus taught. He was confident. Practical. Thoughtful. Provocative  Everyone there downloaded the ebook into their memories, as easy as an Amazon download.

Jesus finished that hillside conversation with a simple picture. The people who heard what he said and did it were like a man building a house on a rock. The people who merely listened and thought, “That was interesting. What else can I listen to?” were, Jesus said, like a man building a house on sand.

It’s easy to keep buying books. Shelf-building $2.99 a time. But you aren’t a reader when you buy. You are a reader when you read. I’m not a disciple when I listen. I’m a disciple when I do.

Doing isn’t measured by grim as much as grime. The people on the hillside, several of them, stayed together. They laughed and cried as they learned and listened and did what Jesus said. They didn’t get it right all the time. But in community they got better at following.

1-click simple.

Whole life challenging.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

4 thoughts on “As simple as a click.

  1. Simple. Not easy, but simple. I wrote the same thing today from a different perspective. So why do you think so many smart, well-intentioned people have spent 2000 years making it so complicated? Or maybe I’m wrong about “well-intentioned”?

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  2. Rich . . . Maybe the “well-intentioned” person is in a quandary because he is in community . . . Birds of a feather most often flock together, and group-think can rule the day . . . Personal intentions give way to personal need for a place in the group.

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    1. Lenore…I’m sure that’s a big part of it. Hence the need for leaders who truly “lead like Jesus,” not just with words but deeds. More leaders like Jon, willing to make it simple but not simplistic.

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