Simplicity And Purity

One of the dilemmas you and I face is how to walk with God and keep the clutter and stuff around us from burying us alive. As a society, our fixation on ACQUIRING has reached psychotic levels.

John Wesley wrote, “The essence of Christian holiness is simplicity and purity… “

Soren Kierkegaard captured the spirit of Christian simplicity: “Purity of heart is to will one thing: God.”

“Simplicity is freedom, bringing joy and balance.
“Duplicity is bondage leading to anxiety and fear.”

It’s difficult to keep life simple if I have multiple passions.

Count Zinzendorf stated, “I have but one passion, it is He alone.”

The test as to whether I am seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness is the lack of anxiety. (Matthew 6:25)

Following are several of Richard Foster’s principles that may help us in evaluating whether we have captured the inner essence of simplicity:

First, buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.

Second, reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.

Third, develop a habit of giving things away.

Fourth, refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry.

Fifth, learn to enjoy things without owning them.

Sixth, look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes.

Seventh, shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God.


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