Choosing a life of Simplicity is one of our four Contemplative gifts to God. It is the fourth candle on the Menorah lighting our way in the Holy Place.
In Simplicity we best make room for God in a world that is far too cluttered and complicated.
The New Testament Church of the Day of Pentecost was marked by their joy, the power of God, community, and simplicity.
They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers. Fear came to every soul. And many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common. They sold their property and goods and distributed them to all, according to their need. And continuing daily with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 MEV
Choosing Simplicity is always a blessing. It is a sign of a transformed life.
Simplicity of Space - Choose to live clean and clutter free. Having too many things can crowd Him out. More Simplicity makes more room for God to dwell. It is true to His nature. From the beginning of time His Spirit moved over the chaos and brought order.
Simplicity of Spirit - Choose to have a heart for one thing and a life free from the many complications brought by sin. Nothing complicates life any more than the insanity of sin.
Simplicity of Sustenance - Choose a healthy diet, free from unhealthy fats and extra sugar. Be a good citizen of the world God gave us. Eat moderately and low on the food chain.
Simplicity of Style - Choose to be unostentatious in how we dress and present ourselves. Do not draw undue attention to our wealth, or our sexuality. Avoid conspicuous consumption.
Simplicity of Stewardship - Choose to care well for the things with which the Lord has blessed us. Decide to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem of waste and environmental damage. Our consumer culture demands we continually acquire; God calls us to release and relinquish. Buy what we need, keep what adds function or beauty to our lives and what we can righteously and rightfully use, give away the rest.
Simplicity of Speech - Choose to be a person of our word. Let our "yes" be yes, and our "no" be no. Say what we mean and mean what we say. Let there be honesty and no duplicity. Eliminate cursing, swearing, and coarse and lewd language from our vocabulary.
Simplicity of Sexuality - Choose Christian sexual morality and the Biblical pattern of one man married to one woman, for life, and all sexual activity exclusive to that union. Imagine the heartache that would be eliminated if everyone embraced this simplicity! Few things complicate life more than sexual sin.
Some find the act of simplifying life very discomforting, but the more extras we eliminate the more we find God rushing in to fill the empty spaces in our time, our place, and our heart. This is a truly wonderful experience. And as we become more comfortable in simplicity we are less captivated by our possession, positions and pleasures and more able to love God and man.
Our God is always exceedingly generous but there are things God wants to give that can only be received in Simplicity. Simplicity prepares our heart to receive God's best.
- Simplicity is the uncluttered path on which we walk, with great peace.
- Simplicity is steadfastness and stability.
- Our simplicity is so much like Heaven it is His delight.
- Live simply so others may simply live.
All are not called to a full time Contemplative Life, but all are blessed who include moments of Contemplation in their life. Yours may not be a radical Simplicity, but the more you simplify the better your life and the better your life in God.
In Simplicity my spirit, mind and body are free.