Jesus and Minimalism.

If you don’t know what minimalism is, look it up. This term is all over the internet. Minimalism has become a very popular lifestyle and a hot topic on the web. My journey with minimalism has been extremely refreshing and life changing. Besides getting rid of clutter and distractions in life, I think minimalism is something jesus talks about.

My definition of minimalism is this. “Living with less, experiencing more.”

This is a passage from the sermon on the mount in which Jesus lays out his thoughts on minimalism

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

– Matthew 6:19-34 (Sermon On The Mount) –

Jesus talks about not laying up earthly treasures because it is meaningless. Everything on this earth will one day pass away and will mean nothing. When we get rid of the things in our life that we dont need we have the opportunity to focus on what really matters in our lives

what really matters in your life? is there anything your holding onto that is hindering you from living a full life in christ and a simpler life on earth?

I dont think minimalism is for everyone, but i have really enjoyed my journey with it and plan on making it a lifelong journey. I would encourage you to have an open mind, look into the topic, and pray about it.

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5 thoughts on “Jesus and Minimalism.

  1. I appreciate your understanding of Gospel values that are anything but materialistic. I really like your priorities. Thank you for liking “When I Chant, “Lord, Lord!” I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  2. Awesome thoughts! After reading Radical (I know there are different takes on this book, but with a grain of salt, it is worth the read in my opinion!), I started really thinking about the fact that literally NOTHING we do on this earth matters unless it is for God’s Kingdom. We can glorify Him in our day-to-day activities; however, the ULTIMATE goal is the Great Commission. Bringing others to Christ is our goal, so when you think of storing up treasures in relation to the real reason we are living and breathing according to God’s Word, it just seems silly! However, I want to also point out that there can be JUST as much pride in minimalism as in having much. We need to watch out as the enemy uses anything he can against us. He can even use us having little as a way to puff ourselves up! Having a lot or having a little, neither is really that important. The important thing is where your eyes are- on Christ. He LOVES to bless us abundantly, just like I get filled with satisfaction seeing my three-year-old light up when I give him a new toy! There is nothing wrong with enjoying His gifts, but the focus needs to be on Him and using those gifts to glorify His Kingdom. I enjoyed your post! =]

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