Separating from materials
Minimalism is something people pursue to get away from the constant hassle of gaining more and more, to slow down and enjoy everything/everyone around them. To me this was super important because I was allowing myself to be tirelessly consumed by this life and placing these things before what was truly important. We constantly see people being successful around us, in a constant lifestyle of gaining money, clothes, status but what does that all amount to if their lives lack Christ?
For me personally, minimalism helped me in my walk with Christ in that it changed me to slow down, appreciate so much more and pull away from practically idolizing things that mean absolutely nothing. Idolizing is a pretty serious word to use but it is exactly what we do when we choose to put anything and even anyone in first place rather than Christ. What happened to simply being grateful for what we have, and the lives we were given? I do realize this isn’t a “popular” topic but I will talk about it anyway. It is okay to enjoy the things we have, but we can’t put them on some pedestal and have that be the only thing we think and focus about. In addition, the only reason we have anything at all is because of God. God provides everything for our every need, so why not thank Him for all that He has done for us? I don’t want to live a life that is aside from Him, but instead give Him the credit for everything that I am and have. I am enjoying my journey on letting go of the material “needs” people feed into wanting every day. This doesn’t mean I don’t make purchases, it just means I don’t make clothes and the latest gadgets to be the main focus of my mind. I have given away a lot, and have had a complete detox on spending compared to how much I would buy weekly. I now appreciate more, need less and feel completely free from the constricting flow of constant advertising on social media platforms, that led me to feel this “need” to buy all the newest merchandise.
As stated in 1 John 2:17,
“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ESV
Another version puts it as: “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” NLT
What is spoken about in this passage is exactly correct. The world and all of the material goods we are after, are FLEETING. There will be a point where it will be no more. Status, money, clothes, will mean absolutely nothing. Let’s spend our time focusing our attention on Christ and His love for us rather than our love for worldly things that don’t define us.