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For the longest time, whenever anyone asked me why I decided to begin living a more minimal lifestyle, my answer was always, “having less stuff to worry about makes for a better life overall.” While that’s not wrong, I was recently reminded of a biblical parable that has made my minimalist journey so much more meaningful.

 

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Jesus had been eating with a Pharisee and had dumped some truth on him, so to speak. After dropping the mic, Jesus went outside of the Pharisee’s home and a crowd had gathered, so Jesus spoke to them.

THE PARABLE:

“Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’

And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.” Then he said this, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.'”

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?

This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:13-21

First of all, can we talk about the sass of Jesus toward that man? “Who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” I just picture Helen from Drake and Josh looking at that guy and saying, “That is NOT my job.” So great. Anyway.

When I read this parable, one that I had heard before but never fully pondered or applied to my life, it struck a chord with me this time around. Not a single possession of mine can or will be taken to Heaven with me when I die. Because that’s the truth, what’s the point in spending my money on anything that’s not necessity while I’m on this earth? Sure, it’s nice to live a comfortable life, but if your clothing, your home decor, your status, etc. is becoming more important to you and more of a priority to you than Jesus, that’s where the root of the problem lies.

When I had 2 closets overflowing with clothing, my self-worth was held in how good of a fashion blogger I strived to be. When I had more makeup than I could ever use, who I wanted to be was a beauty vlogger, and not a child of God. Once I found my self-worth and my identity in Christ, and not in my belongings, was I really able to physically let the items that I owned go.

Here’s the thing, though. If you give glory to God through being a fashion blogger and that’s the calling He’s placed on your life – do it. You need good tools (in that case, clothing) to do good works. I just have realized that all my calling requires is Jesus and a Bible, access to the internet, and some creativity. I don’t need anything else.

Minimalism means something new to me now – all because of 8 Bible verses. If you consider yourself a minimalist, what got you started on your minimalism journey? What made you change the way you were living? I’d love to know. Let’s have a conversation in the comments!

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