Read: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:12
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
KISS, an acronym for “keep it simple – stupid”, is a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design, and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. The term “KISS principle” was in popular use by 1970. Variations on the phrase include: “Keep it simple, silly”, “keep it short and simple”, “keep it short and sweet”, “keep it simple and straightforward”, “keep it small and simple”, “keep it simple, soldier”, “keep it simple, sailor”, or “keep it sweet and simple”.
Christians need to “keep it simple and sincere” when it comes to the Gospel. Salvation is so complex that only God in all of His wisdom could provide a way for us to be saved, and yet it is so simple that even a child can understand it. When presenting the Gospel, don’t over-complicate it. Be very direct in your presentation and in answering questions.
Be sincere. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Psalm 126:5-6 puts it this way; “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” People are more open to hearing about the love of God when they know that you love them.
We also need to “keep it simple and scriptural”. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). The Gospel “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) Make sure that you use Scripture every time you share the Gospel.
Meditation for the Day: Are you ready to simply, sincerely, and scripturely share the Gospel with people around you?
Assignment: Write out the Gospel with Scriptures and illustrations of how you would present it to someone. Memorize the verses and illustrations. Practice it on someone.
For Fun: If you are married, practice some kisses on your spouse.