Christians in the United States are hard to pick out. We could look around at our jobsite, school classroom, shopping mall and not really know who identifies themselves as a Christian. Why is that the case? We look, talk, and live no differently than anyone else. We hold our beliefs quietly to ourselves and mirror our lifestyles after popular culture. We might even share our beliefs, but profess either with our lips or our life: Don’t do what I do, do what I say. Much like many of us parent.
Our lives are riddled with busyness. Our houses are overflowing with “stuff.” Bills are mounting, stress is increasing and debt is bearing down on us. We know we want to live like Jesus and please God, but somehow our lives have gotten out of control. We have no time for quiet moments with God. If we did have time, our brains would be too dead from exhaustion to utilize the moment. We are being consumed by our consumption.
There is only one true meaning to life and that is to choose to get to know and love God. But how do we get there when we are so busy? It is interesting that out of the world came an idea that can help remove us from our consumer entanglements and provide us a modern path to pattern our lives after Jesus, our Lord and Savior. It allows us to mirror examples provided in the bible by John the Baptist and Paul, despite our modern culture. What is that idea? Minimalism.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2.