Back to Basics

There are probably only a few people on the planet who have not heard this exchange:

I say Holmes, you’ve done it again.

Elementary my dear Watson, elementary.

The greatest detective that ever graced the pages of a mystery novel, Sherlock Holmes, was telling his sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, that the solution to the problem was very simple, easy, and basic my good man.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a basic mistake that foils the criminal. However, ninety-nine percent of the time it is a basic solution that thwarts the wiles of the enemy.

Elementary my dear Christian, elementary.</span”

Myself, I find it helpful to visit the basics from time to time because they are foundational to the policing of our faith. The deep things of God are rooted in the basics.

An infant needs the nourishment of milk because it is all that their body can handle until they grow and graduate to solid food. The body has a learning curve in which to learn how to eat and digest solid foods. Peter talks about this in 1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow. . .

Later on in her life, my mom developed Osteoporosis because she hated milk and wouldn’t drink it. She did not get enough calcium to maintain her bone strength and she ended up bed-ridden with a fragile spine. If she fell or even turned over the wrong way in bed, it could have broken her back.

Basics are the calcium to the health and strength of our bodies or should I say, “the body.” The body of Christ will end up bed-ridden with fragile bones if we do not get our calcium of basics. It is the bones that give the body support, without which we would crumble to the floor.

A case could be made that all of God’s Word is basics and not just a few. The reasoning is simple, the complete Bible is foundational to our lives and how could we live without its entirety? However, what most believers consider basics are:

* Prayer [1]
* The Cross [2]
* Not forsaking the assembling of one another [3]
* Reading God’s Word [4]
* Loving the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves [5]
* Submit to God [6] and obey Him [7]
* Forgiveness [8]
* Spread the Gospel [9]

Given the case we made earlier, you may have different ones than I do and you’d be right as well. Maybe your basics list is less or more than mine by which you live. That’s okay. The foregoing is my nine. Maybe you can share yours.

God bless you all and thanks for stopping by.

[1] 1 Thessalonians 5:17
[2] Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 12:2
[3] Hebrews 10:25
[4] 2 Timothy 3:16
[5] Mark 12:30, 31
[6] James 4:7
[7] Acts 5:29
[8] Mark 11:25
[9] Mark 16:15

One thought on “Back to Basics

  1. Ah , yes , Sherlock my favorite . It is all about basics . The Bible has kept Academia busy for two thousand years , yet , a child of 7 or 8 can easily read and learn the principles GOD has given us in it .. BTW , I am reading what you gave me regarding your book ,, before too long I will send a comment . Will text you when I have sent it …

    On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 3:16 AM James lindquists Writing wrote:

    > James Lindquist posted: “There are probably only a few people on the > planet who have not heard this exchange: “I say Holmes, you’ve done it > again.” “Elementary my dear Watson, elementary.” The greatest detective > that ever graced the pages of a mystery novel, Sherlock Hol” >


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