Simplicity is opposed to fleshly wisdom. There’s a necessity for simplicity in the lives of every Christian. Matthew 18:2-3 says, “And Jesus called a little child to him, and set him in the middle of them, And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes” (Matthew 11:25). Those who are humble and simple are made wise by God. Simple Christians depend on God’s Word, thereby obtaining light and understanding. The Lord always preserves the simple and provides help in their time of need.
Our culture today lacks the reality of simplicity. We are in a complicated world. Our culture makes us to crave security by acquiring material things. Some think money and influence will provide them security. Some believe possessing the newest and best things grants them comfort and security. In the quest for security, the touch of reality is lost. We crave things we don’t need or enjoy. To impress people we hate, we buy things not needed. We are ashamed if we drive a rickety car. We feel to be in vogue, we must not be out of fashion. We believe we are ambitious, but covetousness and greed have entered into us. We honour people based on their wealth and look down on the poor.
The Bible commanded us not to conform to the world. We are called to stand out. We are called to reason and act differently. We are in a complicated material-driven world. We are expected to live differently as Christians. Simplicity should be our way of life. Having the desire to be poor is not simplicity, but simplicity in Christendom simply means, seeking first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and every good thing shall be added at God’s due time. The Kingdom of God must come first in all that we do. There should be no anxiety for material things. Finally, as a Christian, you have to accept all you have as a gift from God.
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