Less is More
“He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff, no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts” Mark 6:8
I find that the more experienced I become at traveling the better I get at packing. When I first began to travel I would usually forget something, then, I would bring too much. Now, I’ve come to the realization that “less is more”.
I think back to a time when I was struggling to carry all my bags from the baggage claim, I saw a guy grab a small suitcase and he was on his way. More than half the stuff I had I really didn’t need. It only served to slow me down.
I believe there’s something about trusting God then being prepared that can prevent us from a less burdensome journey. I marvel at reading scripture and never hearing about Jesus carrying a bag or packing before a journey. I wonder what we would do if we just went out one day with no phone, computer or money, nothing but faith. How long could you survive with just a “Kingdom” mindset?
I don’t think I’m ready for this type of journey but I do think that I can get along with a lot less. Is it possible that some of our preparedness and efforts to be ready are actually hindrances and stumbling blocks? We tend to trust in our stuff then in the basic training of life walking with Jesus. I have a few friends on Facebook who do street evangelism, at best they have a small back pack and are often seen one-on-one holding someone’s hand, making eye contact and simply telling them the love of Christ. My guess is they have very little in regards to material things that require monthly payments and extra hours of work to maintain.
If we’re honest we spend most of our time making “provision for the flesh”. My experience with “fleshly” things is they become burdensome, even the things that aren’t sinful become added weight, like me trying to carry four suitcase when I could have easily treaded lightly with one. Paul gives us some good advice in the 13th chapter of Romans when he says “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts”. I wonder what heavenly rewards await those who have less now. Something to think about… Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves on the full-time staff of America’s Keswick
Think About This:To put it shortly, the Church forgets that Christianity is not an attitude of mind, but a type of life: a man’s spirit is not known by his opinion, but by his action and general conduct. William Temple
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my Savior. My God is my rock. I can run to him for safety. He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender and my place of safety. The Lord saves me from those who want to harm me. 2 Samuel 22:2-3