"Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." Luke 12:15
In his teaching in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:19-34, Jesus teaches that we can either serve God or money and that we can either live with trust or with anxiety. Practicing the spiritual discipline of simplicity helps to not be distracted from what really matters, our relationship with God, other people, and life in the kingdom.
By decluttering our lives we live with more intentionality, putting our time, energy, and money into what matters most rather than the endless pursuit of more.
Simplicity is not just about living with less stuff, but living with more contentment.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to cultivate a deep appreciation for simple pleasures as well as lead a happy revolt against the spirit of materialism.
In order to put this discipline into practice we suggest starting by giving something away. Something that does not add to your life, but maybe distracts you from what matters most.
It might be: Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, Books, Records, CDs, DVDs / Blu-rays, Video games, Jewelry, Kitchenware, Kid’s toys.
Relax. No one is guilting you to get rid of something you want to keep. This is an invitation to declutter your life by starting with something small. You could sell it, donate it, or give it away.
If clothes are your thing, how would you feel if you parted with a few outfits you like? What if you gave up some records in your collection? Some books on your shelf? A few pairs of shoes?
Start small. Take note of how the process makes you feel and share it with a friend and/or in a prayer journal.
The following sermons and sermon series' are all about the practice of simplicity Listen to them for further teaching and advice.
This sermon intruduces the basic Biblical teachings about simplicity, and provides practical steps for personal implimentation.