In what many of us would consider to be a cruel and barbaric experiment, a scientist named Curt Richter did a series of experiments in the 50’s that revealed a powerful truth that changes everything. The experiment involved putting a bunch of rats in a high-sided bucket of circulating water and timing how long it took the rats to stop swimming, give up, and drown. In his first experiment, the average rat was only able to swim for 15 minutes before quitting and drowning.
Several years ago I had the opportunity to tour a renowned art museum in Europe. There were hundreds of pictures from dozens of 17th and 18th century artists, as well as numerous modern ones. The first floor was full of abstract art that made little sense to me, but probably had great significance to someone more sophisticated. The second floor was more familiar. There were pictures of nature and daily life captured with oil and watercolor on stretched canvas.
As I gazed at the art on the walls as I strolled along, I noticed something that caught my eye. In the corner of a very large room full of very popular art painted by very popular people, an artist had an easel set up right in front of a picture....
I love technology, but I don’t always like the complexity that accompanies it. Apple realized there are millions of others like me and that is why they have invested billions in making their devices simple to use. People like simple because simple works.
As God continues to build His Church here at Freshwater, it is important that we keep it simple because simple works. As we have continued to grow the temptation is to add more and more ministries pressing for more and more involvement and more and more leaders. This adds exponential complexity and challenges. Simply put, we stand the chance of drifting from our primary mission.
At Freshwater we encourage every regular attender and member to participate in what we call “The Big 3.” The Big 3 are spiritual growth essentials that we encourage every believer to prioritize because they help us live out our faith. They help us stay connected to Christ so we can experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our life. The Big 3 essentials are: Attend on the weekend, participate in a group, and serve others.