Simplicity – For many years I lived with a misconception of that one little word.
The image I conjured, even when it was discussed as a spiritual discipline, was one that involved streamlining. I pictured reducing inventories, getting rid of “stuff,” cutting things out, donating things.
When it comes to the spiritual disciplines, however, my streamlining definition is simply not sufficient.
Notice: “a singularity of heart and purpose.”
In other words:
Jesus – the Main thing, my One thing.
And by the way, yes, this can mean having to streamline our lives, if necessary, in order to make Jesus the One thing in our life.
In his Bible study, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says, “We are a doing people. We feel worthless or useless if we are not busy doing something. Scripture leads us to understand that God is saying, ‘I want you to love Me above everything else. When you are in a relationship of love with Me, you have everything there is.’ To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the greatest achievement, and the noblest position in life.”
Our identity, worth, meaning, and joy are in Christ alone. It is not in our performance, our possessions, our position, or in what people think of us. This is why the Apostle Paul urges us some 110 times in his New Testament letters to place ourselves “in Christ.”
Christ is to be our singular focus.
Time with Him enriches and deepens the relationship we already have with Him. Let God know this is a journey you are willing to take and then pursue it whole-heartedly.
As you pursue this life of simplicity, the most important thing to remember is to make sure that you are living to please God alone. Live for an Audience of One.
A Life of Simplicity
How does one go about living a life where Jesus is the Main thing, their One thing? Here are just a few ideas:
CHOOSE ONE WORD FOR A YEAR
OBSERVE THE CHRISTIAN CALENDAR
IMPLEMENT AND OBSERVE RICH TRADITIONS
PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD
PREACH TO YOURSELF
OBSERVE A SABBATH
MEDITATE ON THINGS OF GOD
RECORD YOUR SPIRITUAL MARKERS
It’s Your Turn
How do you go about turning your heart toward God? What ways might you add to our list of suggestions for helping us make Jesus our One thing, our Main thing?
“This year, let us ask God to dissolve all our hopes (however good they may be!) into a single hope: to know Christ and to be found in Him. May this be a year of desire radically transformed, a deeper, truer, knowing of Christ as our All-Sufficient One.”
— Nicole Whitacre
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