The discipline of simplicity

Tiny House in clouds“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:13 (ESV)

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Because healthcare is a relatively prosperous profession to enter, one of the constant struggles we face as Christian healthcare professionals is what to do with that prosperity.

We must wrestle with the questions of how much money to spend on ourselves, how much money should we save, and how much money should we give away?

A related question is how many hours should we work to make a living?

The difficulty we encounter within the Christian faith is that there are no hard and fast rules. Even the rule of tithing is from the Old Testament, and its application to New Testament believers is debatable.

I believe that God has purposely withheld those rules so that we are forced as believers to wrestle through these questions.

Instead of following a prescribed rule, God wants us to decide for ourselves how much we should spend, save, and give away.

Spiritual growth occurs through the process of wrestling through these questions and provides opportunities to test our faith. Those that put off these decisions stagnate spiritually and eventually move backward in their spiritual growth. This is where the spiritual discipline of simplicity is so critical.

The discipline of simplicity is a commitment to move toward living simply…and away from accumulation.

We are to live for God… not money.

We are warned against the love of money by many passages within the NT. Yet the world around us pulls us toward consumption and accumulation, not simplicity. Therefore, moving toward simplicity does not come naturally for us. It is an ongoing struggle that requires discipline.

One insight that helps us advance in the discipline of simplicity is to remember that everything we have is ultimately from God and therefore belongs to God. We should regularly remind ourselves that even our abilities within healthcare have been given to us by God. Therefore, whatever we receive as a result of our work belongs to Him.

Ultimately, we are stewards assigned the responsibility to properly use what God has given us.

Remembering this will help us move toward simplicity.

Prayer: Lord, remind me daily that what I have is Yours…

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