A prayer at church today asked for the grace “To reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.” Christian minimalism is not about simply getting rid of all your excess possessions and being really frugal with everything that you buy and do. Christian minimalism is realizing that God’s kingdom—eternal life—is present now, and it’s fullness is yet to come. It is realizing that “rejecting whatever is contrary” is more than just avoiding sin.
It is about discerning how God is personally calling you to “seek first the kingdom of God” in your life.
Owning three TVs or keeping those subscriptions to Spotify or Cosmo won’t make you gain or lose eternal life, but some of your excess might be acting as a “subtle thief.” Christian minimalism is about gaining awareness of these thieves so that we can let go of whatever is stealing our joy, our time, our freedom, our peace, and most importantly, our utmost devotion to Christ.
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray
so that they may return to the right path, give all who, for the faith they profess are accounted Christians,
the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.