Simplicity, solitude, submission and service.
Outward lifestyles must only flow from inward realities.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (things causing us to worry) will be given to you as well.
Simplicity is an inward spirit of trust.
The Gospel is a call to place our allegiance (or devotion) in the hands of someone other.
- May involve an inner prompting
- Usually affirmed by the church
- Always aligns with Scripture
Worry is our response to what is out of our control.
Simplicity is the call to place our trust in Jesus and his kingdom.
Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.
. . . Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“Help me Lord to remember that religion is not to be confined to the church or closet...But that everywhere I am in thy presence”
-- Suzanna Wesley (John & Charles’s mother)