Life. Simple. Simply living. Living Simple. Simplicity. True life.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast (fixed on you), because they trust in you.”
Living simply. It is not about being a “minimalist” but it’s about living free from the worldly love.
In order to accomplish this, it involves a complete mind shift. This means that our minds have to completely change what it is set upon.
What is your mind set upon? In the book of Romans it tells us exactly what are minds are set upon, take a look at these powerful words:
Romans 8:5-6 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
We spend our days trying to build our own “empires”, finding ways to be “glorified”, to be more “comfortable/at ease, etc; but these actually keep us distracted from what truly is important in life.
When we fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus, we get peace like none other. Why?
Because when we get to see what truly is important, what our source of hope, strength, contentment, joy is, nothing else is worth our time and energy.
When our focus is kept simply on Jesus, we get to get rid of all those things that hinder us. Those things that keep us from being focused, at peace, etc.
How do we live a simple life?
Hebrews 12:1-2 says “Let us throw off everything that hinders us”. This means that we need to get rid of anything that makes us lose our peace, our strength, our trust, our hope, our fellowship with God, etc.
1 Thessalonians 4: 11 says “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life”This means don’t waste your time and energy on things that are non-essential/not important. Don’t meddle in things that do not concern you. Keep working! You may ask, ‘why keep working?’ Because when we are working and busy we don’t have time or the energy to waste it on wrong things.
Timothy 6:6 “Godliness with contentment is a great gain.” We need to focus on all that God has given us and be content. When we are content in life, we have no need to complain, to be striving for the things in this world, etc.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 “And I saw that toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” We need to trust God with our lives and that He will provide us with what we need. What God has in store for us is so much better and more beautiful than what our flesh desires. We waste our time and energy chasing after things that in the long run don’t have any value and don’t add a single thing to our lives. And this leaves us discouraged and ungrateful.
Why are we always chasing after possessions in this life? This is not what we are created for.
Luke 12:15 says “then He said to them ‘Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in abundance of possessions.” Remember, we are either loving God with all our hearts, mind, strength (energy/time), and soul; or we are loving those things of the world, that our flesh desires, that our flesh sees and wants. We need to be careful, what we set our minds to.
A simple life is a beautiful life. It is a godly life. It’s not filled with confusion, chaos, and other things that zap life from us.
A simple life can be summed up like this:
Philippians 4:8 “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about these things.”
“Set your minds on things above (godly/righteous/pure); not on earthly things.” Col.3:1-2
“So that they (we) may take hold of the life that is truly life”.
1 Timothy 6:18-19