But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.1 Timothy 6:6-8
Where is our treasure? Is it found in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him, or do we need to collect material possessions to somehow feel satisfied? This verse says to be content with food and clothing. God would have us live a simple life free from material possessions and rich in the spiritual things of Jesus Christ. People think they need possessions to be happy, but they are really robbing themselves and others of resources that could be better distributed.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Luke 12:15
Our life is to consist in the fullness of Jesus Christ in our lives, not in material possessions. Emptying ourselves of a love of “things” is the best way to guard against lust and covetousness. Jesus practiced what He preached. He owned very little in his earthly existence. He didn’t even have his own home. While most of us need a home to dwell in, it needn’t be a palace. I rent a 1 bedroom apartment and I don’t really use the bedroom part of it. My needs are very simple. Why own a 2000 square foot house? It costs money to maintain a big house. Perhaps you could be just as happy in a 800 square foot house? If your treasure is Jesus, then it doesn’t take much to satisfy.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.Luke 12:16-21
Someday all your material possessions are going to belong to someone else. We can’t take them with us. Several years ago I got ahold of minimalism and got rid of most of my belongings. Why own things that you aren’t going to use? What’s the point of it all? The truth is we can live and be happy with a minimal amount of possessions. It will bring a lightness into our lives. By not spending our money on things we don’t need, we can then become cheerful givers to God, as stewards of the money God has entrusted us with.
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Luke 12:33-34
Jesus introduced a radical idea: sell what you own and give the money to the poor and needy! How many people follow His commandment? By stripping down to the bare minimum and then maintaining that, we can make ourselves of the most use to God and others. That’s who we are supposed to love. God first, then others. We are to love ourselves also, but that comes in 3rd place. The truth is, living a simple life is what is best for our spirit. Without discipline, the Christian life falls apart.
And they that use this world, as not abusing (overusing) it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.1 Corinthians 7:31
This world will soon pass away. There’s going to be a new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness. Do we really want to collect a bunch of material possessions? If that’s where our treasure is, we are going to be very sad in the day of judgment.
Living without possessions is a tool, a key to unlock a door. This alone will not satisfy you. It’s when you fill your life with Christ Jesus that your days take on new meaning and purpose. I can say that I’m happy with the life God has given me. I don’t miss my possessions. Chances are, you won’t miss them either. Clutter is just distracting you from a rich and full life in the fullness of Jesus Christ. Take the first step and start going through your possessions. Ask yourself when was the last time you used this thing? If you can’t remember, then you probably won’t miss it if you got rid of it. Step by step, item by item you can reduce down to the bare minimum. When you get there, don’t buy stuff you don’t need! We don’t need stuff in order to live and be happy!
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.2 Corinthians 11:3
Life in Christ is simple. Hear the Word of God and obey the Word of God. God doesn’t want you to own more than you need to live. If you truly need something, by all means keep it! Just be sure that you just don’t think you need it, when in reality it’s holding you back from the life God created you to have. Your mission in life is simple, to glorify Jesus Christ. I urge you to let go of anything that is holding you back. You won’t regret it!