... a weekly letter of encouragement.
March 27, 1995
One of the dilemmas you and I face is how to walk with God and keep the clutter and stuff around us from burying us alive. As a society, our fixation on ACQUIRING has reached psychotic levels.
John Wesley wrote, "...The essence of Christian holiness is SIMPLICITY and PURITY..."
Soren Kierkegaard captured the spirit of Christian simplicity: "Purity of heart is to will one thing:" God.
"Simplicity is freedom, bringing joy and balance.
"Duplicity is bondage leading to anxiety and fear."+
It's difficult to keep life simple if I have multiple passions.
Count Zinzendorf stated, "I have but one passion, it is He alone."
The test as to whether I am seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness is the lack of anxiety. (Matthew 6:25)
Following are several of Richard Foster's+ principles that may help us in evaluating whether we have captured the inner essence of simplicity:
FIRST, BUY THINGS FOR THEIR USEFULNESS RATHER THAN THEIR STATUS.
SECOND, REJECT ANYTHING THAT IS PRODUCING AN ADDICTION IN YOU.
THIRD, DEVELOP A HABIT OF GIVING THINGS AWAY.
FOURTH, REFUSE TO BE PROPAGANDIZED BY THE CUSTODIANS OF MODERN GADGETRY.
FIFTH, LEARN TO ENJOY THINGS WITHOUT OWNING THEM.
SIXTH, LOOK WITH A HEALTHY SKEPTICISM AT ALL 'BUY NOW, PAY LATER" SCHEMES.
SEVENTH, SHUN ANYTHING THAT DISTRACTS YOU FROM SEEKING FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Have a great week!
+"Celebration of Discipline" - Richard Foster
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