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How ironic that the word simplicity stirs so many thoughts, emotions, and feelings. As I was driving into the office today, I was thinking about simplicity. In a world and a life that often doesn’t feel simple what do I have to say about simplicity?

For the sake of keeping it simple, I thought about how Jesus lived his life. Was simplicity a standard that he adhered to? The first images that pop up in my mind are how Jesus traveled.

Jesus traveled very light during his three years of ministry. At one point He explained to those traveling with him, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Luke 9:58). He did not pack up a few heavy suitcases for the journey, but he ventured out trusting his Father to take care of him and provide. What about those 12 guys Jesus was ministering with?

Matthew 10:1 says, “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” These would be the twelve that Jesus was around all the time. Christ made himself available to the masses. However, he gave all the behind-the-scenes teaching to this group of uneducated men. The simplicity in relationship here is hard to grasp. I would think that Jesus would pour intensely into maybe 100 or 200 people. Wouldn’t it be easier to reach the world with those kinds of numbers? The Son of God simplifies who he spends the most time with even further.

Jesus could be found often in the presence of His heavenly Father. Jesus, fully man and fully God, needed time to sneak away and be with God the Father! How much more important should it be for us to quiet our lives to be before God. Mark explains, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Do I have too much going on that I can’t get away and just be alone before God?

Looking at the simplicity of how Jesus lived compared to my life only leaves me with more questions. Do I have too much stuff in this world? Is Jesus calling me to sell all or some of my stuff and rely more on him? Do I have simplicity in relationships or am I stretching myself too thin? Do I make time to simply be before and with God alone?

Today we were asked to give something up or away that will simplify our lives. This brought yet more questions to my mind. Have you given something up or away? Was it difficult? If so, how? Have there been any outcomes to your actions?

#digzpc is the title of ZPC's Lenten series about spiritual practices. We encourage you to make comments about your experience with the practice of the week, which is simplicity this week. Also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, if you participate in these media. When commenting there, please always use #digzpc so we can find your comments.

 

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