How Minimalism is Biblical

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We live in a society of who’s got more? Who’s house is cuter? Who’s better off? We’ve waved goodbye to keeping up with the Jones’ and entered into Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Things are high stakes, go big or go home. 

In this world of extremes, it all boils down to stuff. We glorify it, can’t stop buying it, seek it out, idolize it. But it’s a dead end, and people are starting to figure that out.

Minimalism is really starting to make an impact and people are discovering the incredible freedom that comes with letting go of excess.

There is so much tied to the philosophy of minimalism. It’s a life spent pursuing what really matters, saying no to anything that distracts from that, and intentionally living with less.

I think minimalism often gets tied to the modern, New Age belief system - being centered, focused, purposely going without things for the sake of getting closer to the universe and inward progression.

I think a lot of people picture a meditating hippie who boasts about owning less than a hundred things, to be blunt. And while that exists and there’s a whole other world about that, it has nothing to do with how I live, and there is another side to it.

Minimalism has been a part of my life for over three years now, and through my journey, I have seen how closely knit it is to my faith.

As a firm believer in God, Christ, and as someone who walks hand in hand with Him, I would like to point out how minimalism lines up directly with what I believe and how it has bettered my walk with Jesus.
 

And he said to them, “Take care, be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
— Luke 12:15

 

The Bible has a lot to say about material things and the love of our possessions. It’s very clear that we are called to be focused on our purpose, on God, and on the people in our lives. There are an alarming amount of verses on this topic, yet most people live their lives like there are none. This isn’t really talked about much, other than the love of money, which is not the same thing at all. God has been very specific with us regarding the love of possessions in particular.

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
— Luke 12:33-34

We are to be untied to our earthly possessions. God’s called us to pour our love into eternal things. He tells us something we need to remember about our hearts - they are in what we treasure most.

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
— I Timothy 6:6-8

There is so much more to be gained in focusing on living a godly life and in being a content person. Nothing is truly ours, and we can’t take any of it with us when this life is over, so why prioritize it now?

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
— Romans 12:2

Living intentionally is our calling. We are not supposed to get distracted by this world and what it values. We are called to more than that!

Every single one of us has a purpose laid out for us by God Himself. Minimalism, for me, is about removing anything that would keep me from the pursuit of that purpose.

 

I know my purpose is to stand by my husband and do life with him, to raise my four kids to be world-changers, and to minister to my fellow women through words. Living a minimalist life is one of the only ways I can do all that.

Without the distraction of constantly having the TV on, without mountains of laundry needing to be washed, without loads of dishes needing to be rinsed, and without tons of toys, books, and random things needing to be picked up and put away all the time, I would be lost, distracted, and not at all purposeful.

Allie Casazza

Allie Casazza , Murrieta, CA