Simplifying In Order To Excel

Sometimes it is best to let go and simplify life in order to move forward. It is amazing how much junk we acquire over the years with little to no thought as to how it affects our life. Not only does junk pile up, but what we perceive as what “we must have.” God wants us to be simple in the way of living while deep in thinking, prayer and faith. When we let go of things and start focusing on God’s creation, we then can see a new light in which most of us have never experienced before.


“Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.” (Matthew 10:9-10 NKJV).

Heavy Traveler

Jesus commanded His disciples to not take anything with them on their journeys as they preached the Gospel. Many of us today are thinking, “There is no way I could not take anything!” This absurd commandment, as though it seems, is a commandment that needs more attention in our materialist society today. We may not be able to let go of everything, but at the same time we should not hold on to everything.

As Christians and disciples of Jesus, we are also travelers through this fallen world. And as travelers we should travel somewhat light as the journey is long and the weight can become very burdensome overtime. The things we acquire during this life will by no means travel with us to our final destination, and thus we should not be so set on keeping and obtaining so many things.

Breaking Free

Again we see Jesus speaking about letting go of things in order to fully live a life after Him as He spoke with the rich man, “So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Luke 18:22). This statement of Jesus shocked the rich man as he went away sad because he had many things. This same statement shocks the majority of us today as it should, but in reality, how should one apply this to their life?

Sometime the best way of approaching things is by simply simplifying. You may not get rid of all you have, but I am sure you have many things that are collecting dust and taking up space. These types of things not only take up space in our houses and storage units, but in our minds and hearts as well. Little do we know that the things that are collecting dust are also collecting dust within our own live’s.

In order to live a more rich life in Christ, we must be willing to let go of other things that really have no place or need within our life. This clearing away allows more space for the Holy Spirit to come in and reside and fill us with the awesome power of God as well as His peace. This “clearing away” is a type of crucifying of the flesh as we rid ourselves of things, and rather fill ourselves more with God. This is also what Jesus talked about when He spoke about the “pruning” of the branches in order to produce more fruit for Him. This pruning is what helps us excel in life and God.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2).

Simplicity And A New View Of Life

Breaking free from the things of this world brings with it a new view of life itself as the Holy Spirit begins to reveal more of God through His creation that surrounds us. He brushes away the dust and filth that has settled upon our hearts and minds and therefore enabling us to live a more free life within Him. When we let go of the world, we let go of the veil that has been blinding us. This does not mean we can not enjoy the blessings of God, but rather to look at what blessings are differently.

“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16).

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Now does this mean we should let go of everything and everybody completely in order to satisfy God? No! Some may want to take it to those extremes, but I would rather suggest getting rid of the things that the Lord presses upon your heart and mind to get rid of. We must simply simplify our lives and not be so extreme as what much of the world does today. Let go of the clutter to embrace the One who brings about clarity.

I have to say that I do love the tiny house movement and my wife and I have thought about it more and more over the years as we continue to simplify our surroundings. The thought of living with little to enjoy more of what God has already blessed us with is an amazing thing. The thought of waking up in a smaller setting only to walk out to a big, wide opened, mountain filled world is the way in which I believe God intended it. But this is also more of a personal preference and an example in itself.

Embracing More Of Christ And Less Of Self

In conclusion to the whole matter, we should embrace more of Christ and less of self. We need to let go of the things that capture our hearts and minds, and turn everything over to the Lord. When we let go of things we can then see the true beauty and nature of God. Letting go is an essential part of the Christian life and should be applied as the Holy Spirit prompts it upon our hearts and minds.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24).

I am not sure where you stand today, but take a moment to pray on this subject and see what the Lord speaks to your heart and mind. Then move forward in faith while leaving the filth and dust far behind. The only thing that should truly weigh us down on our journey through this life is the cross we take up as we follow Jesus unto eternity. God bless.

-Michael Thacker

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