The more I read the Bible, the more I am convinced that Jesus preached a message of minimalism. I don’t mean minimalism for the sake of minimizing… I’m not talking about Jesus preaching to declutter and have a cleaner house. What I mean is that He preached minimalism in terms of letting go of distractions to unburden oneself and to focus on what actually matters.
I think Jesus preached a message of minimalism in terms of doing away with greed.
I think Jesus preached minimalism in terms of seeking something greater in life.
I think Jesus preached minimalism in terms of not allowing the world to take over our thoughts and actions.
I think Jesus preached minimalism as a way to lift the weight that we all feel from time to time, and to shift our focus to more eternal matters.
Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
Luke 12:13-15 NLT
There are so many passages I come across where Jesus tells us to look further. Life is not about possessions. Life is not about what we see here and now. There is more that we need to focus on; there is more that waits for us.
It’s ok to have things. I’m not saying that Jesus preached a need for us to chuck everything and live a life of deprivation, but He does tell us to look beyond what we can see with our human eyes.
We can argue for days about how many items one must own, how much damage possessions do to the environment, how much money gets wasted, how much time things like social media suck out of our lives, and so much more.
But that is not what life is measured by.
It’s not about what we own.
It’s not about where we live.
It’s not about who we follow.
It’s not about how many likes we get.
Jesus preached minimalism as a means to achieve a greater holy purpose. We can’t get closer to Him if we are consumed by all the things of this world.