Simplicity is another self-imposed limitation for the Christian.
Again, I am referring primarily to an attitude. Once God’s Kingdom has become our priority, we will not always need to be asking, “What shall we eat, or drink, or put on?” He will provide.
Our hospitality can’t help but be influenced. Putting Christ’s Kingdom first will affect whom we invite, how we minister to them, and what we do with the material gifts added unto us after we establish this priority.
Simplicity finds its roots in this Kingdom mindset. We will deny ourselves participation in some forms of living for the sake of doing His work first in the world and for the sake of identifying with our Christian brothers. The ramifications of this priority will be different for each of us. For me it will mean one thing—serving economic stews and homemade soups and inviting guests to bring a variety of home-baked breads. For you it might mean another—spending the money to have an evening catered—or somewhere in between.
Putting His Kingdom before the other demands on our time and energy will also deliver us from living by comparison. In a world full of people attempting to “keep up with the Joneses,” this is another mark of adventurous thinking.
If a Christian brother or sister has more than I do materially, the Lord has given that to him or her. And, I will not wish for what he or she has. I can give to those who have been kind to me out of what I have. I don’t have to do the same thing for them that they did for me when I was last in their home.
If we find ourselves comparing, something is wrong. We are in danger of covetousness. Our attitude is not “Kingdom first.” If it was we would be freed from this interior wanting. Simplicity is the greatest freedom.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.