Celebration of Discipline :: Simplicity

Chapter Six in Celebration of Discipline (Foster), The Discipline of Simplicity

“The preacher of Ecclessiastes observes that ‘God made man simple; man’s complex problems are of his own devising.'”

“The Christian Discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style.”

“Until we see how unbalanced our culture has become at this point, we will not be able to deal with the mammon spirit within ourselves nor will we desire Christian simplicity.”

“Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us.”

“Simplicity sets us free to receive the provision of God as a gift that is not ours to keep and can be freely shared with others.”

“The person who does not seek the kingdom first does not seek it at all. Worthy as all other concerns may be, the moment they become the focus of our efforts they become idolatry.”

“…freedom from anxiety is one of the inward evidences of seeking first the kingdom of God.”

“We cling to our possessions rather than sharing them because we are anxious about tomorrow. But if we truly believe that God is who Jesus says he is, then we do not need to be afraid. When we come to see God as the almighty Creator and our loving Father, we can share because we know that he will care for us.”

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