June 6, 2012 in Simple Religion
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How does Minimalism relate to Christianity? I have thought about this a bunch because I believe that both minimalism and Christianity are things which need to relate and spread through my whole life. I have wanted to write this post for a few months and am now writing the complete post for a second time. (this is the beauty of writing posts ahead of time…I sometimes change my mind a the last second).
The thing with Christianity is that it often gets cluttered. Christianity’s closet get full of old baggage. Some is trash, some stinks and leaks, and some is valuable treasure. I want my Christianity to be clear, clean, and focused on priorities and what matters instead of just what I have collected over the years but might not still…or have ever needed.
I think there are definitely things that are the most valuable in my religion (my previous post highlighted them) but I still wasn’t comfortable with my list.
With Christianity and with life all I need is Christ. There are lots of problems, questions, and struggles but the solution is all the same – Christ.
This is minimalist and simplistic right? Learn about Christ, get to know Christ, spend time with Christ, trust Christ. One focus and one priority.
Only with this clear focus can we spend time in the Bible. With this focus we can spend time in prayer. With this focus we can join a community of believers also striving for the same goal.
Last weekend we were studying in Romans and came across Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This summed up to me what we need and what we have in Christ:
- Joy – we are loved by the most important person around, we are forgiven, and we have the opportunity of salvation. That is something to be happy about.
- Peace – because of this love and forgiveness, and because we know that God is in control of the world even when we aren’t.
- Hope – There is nothing to live for without hope. With Christ we have hope for becoming a better person through His power, we have hope for making a difference for good in this world, we have hope of Heaven. We have hope. Something to live for – something to get out of bed for.
- Power – Not our own power but the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s power. Power to live, be, grow, do, follow, stand.
There is so much more that we could pull out of this verse but these four words really jumped out at me. Christianity means admitting our need for Christ and deciding to follow Him. This is what we are promised.