Jesus the Minimalist

1 Timothy 6:6-10

“6 Of course, there is great gain
in godliness combined with

contentment; 7 for we brought
nothing into the world, so that
we can take nothing out of it; 8
but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with
these. 9 But those who want to
be rich fall into temptation and
are trapped by many senseless
and harmful desires that
plunge people into ruin and
destruction. 10 For the love of
money is a root of all kinds of
evil, and in their eagerness to
be rich some have wandered
away from the faith and pierced
themselves with many pains”

What did you have in your
hand on the day you were
born? That right, nothing.
Everything you have used or
accumulated is on loan from
God. Let me repeat that.
EVERYTHING you have used
or accumulated is on LOAN
from God. We are tenants in
this world, not owners. God
charges no rent. He only
expects us to care for his
creation, to leave it better than
we found it. Genesis 2:15 “The
Lord God took the man and
put him in the garden of Eden
to till it and keep it.”

Anything and everything
beyond food, water, and
shelter, which are the
minimum needed to survive,
should be considered a gift for
which we thank the giver –
God.  And while you’re at it,
thank him for that the basics
also, because nothing it’s

I find it interesting that there
out lies a “new” movement
tires toward living a
minimalistic lifestyle. The
Frank following quote comes
Minimalism is a tool that can
assist you in finding freedom.
Freedom from fear. Freedom
from worry. Freedom from
overwhelm. Freedom from
guilt. Freedom from depression.
Freedom from the trappings of
the consumer culture we’ve
built our lives around. Real

Though there it’s no overt
spiritual component to the
ideology on that website, I
think Jesus would support
many of these ideas. And
clearly so would Saint Paul. In
different words, both
expressed concerns that
Christians not become owned
buy their possessions.

Lord, forgive us for
accumulating so much more
than we need. Help us to
become better stewards of the
Master’s world. Amen.

All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. Williams
Originally published September 19, 2019

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