Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ah, the simple life...

I have read a lot of devotions this month about simplicity.  Simplicity-what does this mean to you?
Merriam-Webster gives the definition of simplicity as 'the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded'.  I want this.  I think God wants this for me.
'I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don't complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple —in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.' 

1 Corinthians 7:29 (The Message)
If our focus is only on the things we can get in this life then how can we be an asset to the kingdom of God?  Paul says in Philippians 4:11-12 that he has learned to be content no matter what his circumstances.  I mean, this man was in chains and beaten all the time for the sake of Christ.  I imagine none of us have been there, but shouldn't we be content with the basic's this life has to offer?  Anything above that we are blessed with should be used for the kingdom work.  What can we take with us when we die?  Not a thing from this earth.  But we can take the fact that we were obedient to Him on this earth and in return won souls for Him.
I want my life to be simple and uncomplicated with my thoughts daily being centered on 'What can I do for Christ and His kingdom today'?
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."  Matthew 6:19-20

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