Jo's Devotions: Keeping life simple

Jo’s Devotions: Keeping life simple

Disclaimer: simple doesn’t mean shabby. Simplicity doesn’t imply abasement; or portray ‘the poorer the holier’ attitude. It’s devoid of any complicated additions which are mostly unnecessary.

The Bible provides the spot-on definition for simplicity in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye the first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness…” That’s it, seek God first!

For those who love to chase jackpots and hope to win big one day, guess what, this truth right here is the jackpot of life! You can’t go wrong with God taking preeminence in your life.

And this applies to every aspect of our lives, no matter wherever we find ourselves, regardless of our professions. Before you take any action or speak any word, ask yourself if you were to submit it to God for approval, would He sign off on it or not? We live for His glory so if you’re not sure if whatever we intend to do would please Him, then you should know that you’re not supposed to do it.

God gave us all the gift of free will. You can choose to do whatever you want but if you’ve committed to live fully for Him, then you know that it comes with surrendering your will for His. When you do, God gives you what you need. Needs are for survival; wants are mere cravings. When we are committed to Him, He gives us the desires of our hearts as long as they correspond to His purpose for our lives and wouldn’t mess us up along the way.

God is the master of time and when we seek Him first, the things of this life will come to us in their proper order and at their proper times. You’ll enjoy His gifts with no sorrows attached.

Living simple is rejoicing in the gracious provision from the hand of God. Simplicity teaches us to be frugal with what He has given us. Frugality is the quality of being economical with God’s resources. Everything we have was given to us by God. We may want to lay claim to certain achievements because of the efforts we put into attaining them but even the energy to get things done is from God so He deserves all the credit.

When you keep it in mind that whatever you receive is a gift from God, placing Him first won’t be such a struggle. When God blesses you, do enjoy it wholeheartedly but don’t be wasteful. Share it with your neighbor and the gifts will never run out from your cup.

© Josephine Amoako 2018