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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.
 


FOCUS ON YOUR PURPOSE

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.

 

POUR LOVE INTO ETERNAL THINGS

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.

 

PRIORITIZE WHAT MATTERS MOST

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?


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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.

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  1. Great verses! Here’s another "The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing." Matthew 13:22 NET This is in the parable of the various seeds sown.

  2. I love this post! I found your blog through Pinterest, and I am so thankful for that! I am a minimalist and Christian as well. I did not become a minimalist for Biblical reasons, but I love how they do connect. Thank you for sharing these versus! I cannot wait to study them, and use them as I continue my journey.

    Erin | http://www.awelderswife.com

  3. Wow! I am just SO encouraged by reading this and finding a kindred spirit in this area. God has had my family and I on a journey towards a closer walk with Christ for the past few years, and minimalism has become a huge part of this journey. It is hard to find minimalists who see the way this method of life is SO interwoven in Jesus’ life, His ministry, and His Words. I just found you through seeing this pin on pinterest, and I am just so happy to meet you! God bless you as you continue to align your life with His.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Yes I agree with you! Most minimalists don’t have the same reasoning or heart behind their lifestyle. I am so happy to connect with you here!

  4. Wow! I am just SO encouraged by reading this and finding a kindred spirit in this area. God has had my family and I on a journey towards a closer walk with Christ for the past few years, and minimalism has become a huge part of this journey. It is hard to find minimalists who see the way this method of life is SO interwoven in Jesus’ life, His ministry, and His Words. I just found you through seeing this pin on pinterest, and I am just so happy to meet you! God bless you as you continue to align your life with His.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Yes I agree with you! Most minimalists don’t have the same reasoning or heart behind their lifestyle. I am so happy to connect with you here!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing these verses and your thoughts! I also try to live purposefully and fully for Jesus Christ and have been working towards having less. This post was convicting in that area or the importance of not being tied up and slowed down by our possessions!

  6. Hey hey. Great article. Good stuff in here. I would venture to say that a better title might minimalism can be biblical. Or the minimalist heart and biblical truth. My reason being that I don’t think God has any care whether we have this or that as much as it is where our hearts. We do have a warning to be cautious of seeking being rich because that shows us our hearts are moving with the intent of having here. The reason I suggest a title change is because I (who might venture to call myself a minimalist) thought I was reading an article about how minimalism is the way we ought to live. Which is suggestive that those who don’t would if not surely then borderline sinful. Anyway, I hope I didn’t offend, but thank you for sharing your view; it was pleasant to see. Cheers

  7. Hi, I’m Smile from the Philippines. This is good stuff. I’m new to minimalism. I’ve been wondering how to tie it to our faith as followers of Christ. This article is a great help for a start. I’m literally reading and jotting notes as of the moment. Bible verses for reference is rad. 😊

  8. Hi, I’m Smile from the Philippines. This is good stuff. I’m new to minimalism. I’ve been wondering how to tie it to our faith as followers of Christ. This article is a great help for a start. I’m literally reading and jotting notes as of the moment. Bible verses for reference is rad. 😊

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