When I was contemplating beginning my journey into Minimalism the life Jesus of Nazareth was a huge compelling factor.
The verse we will land on this week is in Luke 12v13-15 AMP
13 Someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”14 But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or an arbitrator over [the two of] you?”15 Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”
What’s happening here?
Jesus was confronted from a man in the crowd who wanted his brother to share the family inheritance with him. He let the man know that Greed in any form is bad and that no matter what we collect in this life, an abundant life is never a result of having a lot of stuff.
Does this mean we cannot have nice things or a lot of things?
But I think what Jesus is saying here is that if that is all we are focused on in life, we will miss the point.
This is why I personally decided to pick up this minimalist lifestyle. The things we own do not define how much value or worth our lives have.
I can so easily get wrapped up in having something new or nicer, that I forget about the people around me or what God has called me to do, love Him and Love others.
Because I have minimized my life I can focus on the things that I love; like, spending time with Christen, playing music, writing, eating good food, and creating community with people I enjoy being around.
So what does this look like for you?
You don’t have to adopt a full minimalist lifestyle and live in a house with one chair and a book. But I bet you don’t need all those storage units holding enough furniture to fill another house either…
Keep the things that bring you life and get rid of the rest.
Let’s work on freeing up our time and resources so that way we can enjoy life, Love God and Love Others.
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