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Simplicity is Taking Nothing
Task: Eliminate multiple duplicates
Luke 9:1-3 "When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt."
What do you mean, “take nothing”? What about protection, or a cell phone for emergencies? And where will I store all my stuff without my bag? If I have no bread, what will I eat? How will I pay for my needs and expenses without money? And no change of clothes, pee-yew! How can God take away all my necessities of life?
Jesus was teaching his disciples to let go and rely on Him. Today, He wants us to know that He is our shield and our provider.
The hustle and bustle of life clutters our hearts and minds making the idea of Simplicity seem so farfetched. How can God expect us to live "simply" in such a fast-paced, complicated and busy life? God is not out to strip us of all the things we have clung onto for security only to leave us abandoned. He wants us to live life to the fullest. He wants us to trust Him, to have faith in Him, and rely on Him to bring us to the finish line for the race He has marked out for us.
This is exciting! You see, the disciples didn't really go empty handed! They received something far more important: power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. To proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Jesus was equipping them, and He equips us today, with only the things that are needed to fulfill His will for our lives. There is no need to clutter our homes with duplicates, to hold onto clothes that do not fit us...yet. There's no need to hold onto papers or documents for fear of missing out on something. And there's no need to hoard things out of fear you may need it one day. It's okay to let these things go.
Our clutter is an outward expression of the shackles around our hearts and minds. Believe these chains can be broken and be set free from the clutter and distractions that keeps us from our goals and dreams. As we simplify our lives, let's look to Jesus, our perfect minimalist!
Written by: Sangita Evans, Clear and Hear