Simplicity: | sim'plisite | (noun): the quality or condition of being natural
For the past three years, I have felt the Lord place a specific word on my heart to help guide me for that season of my life. Past words have been: Challenge, Authenticity, and this year's word has been "Simplicity". Initially, I believed that to mean I should begin simplifying my life. You need to understand that, in a way, I'm a "homeless college student". Through unfortunate circumstances, I've been forced to take all of my things with me and make my home wherever I am. Thus, everything I own is with my in my dorm room - so I'm sure you can imagine I really don't have much (though in comparison to the average college student, it seems like a lot). Nonetheless, the first step I believed needed to be taken in simplifying my life was so get rid of things - clothes, books, random stuff that served little to no purpose in my daily life - that I really don't need. And so the cleansing began.
A little more than 5 months later, I am still in the process of learning what God wants for me in His giving the word "simplicity" for this season in my life. I just recently got my hands on a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, a devotional that has caught my eye and my heart many times, so I was very excited to finally have one of my own! And then, not to my surprise, I got behind a few days. Yesterday, I was working to catch up, and found so much wisdom in his devotional for January 26th...
"If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30
A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, obeying Him as He brings the Word of God, and life will become amazingly simple. "Consider." says Jesus, "how much more your Father who clothes the grass of the field will clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him." Every time we have gone back in spiritual communion it has been because we have impertinently known better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the "much more" of our Heavenly Father..."Consider the lilies of the field" - they grow where they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. Jesus says that if we obey that life God has given us, He will look after all the other things. Has Jesus Christ told us a lie? If we are not experiencing the "much more," it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us, we are taken up with confusing considerations. How much time have we taken up worrying God with questions when we should have been absolutely free to concentrate on His work? Consecration means the continual separating of myself to one particular thing. We cannot consecrate once and for all. Am I continually separating myself to consider God every day of my life?
From this I learned that living simply doesn't just mean living with less stuff, but living with my heart set more fully on God and doing His will right where I am - where He has placed me! If we are honest, Jesus' teachings are a lot more simple that we make them to be: give up your stuff, give up your pride, give up your worries, and give everything over to Him. Do what He is calling you to do right where you are, where He has put you. Take root there, and trust in Him to work out the details!
Simplicity can be defined in multiple ways to mean very different things (seriously, just look it up in the dictionary), but to me it has come to mean this: to live a life of simplicity is to live life daily, seeking the Lord morning 'til night, keeping my heart open and ready to hear His voice, striving to do His will, and trusting in His providence and control of my life. Is this easy? Not at all. Is this necessary? Absolutely. The Lord is good, please taste and see for yourself!
"Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."