Keep to the Basics
In 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses the essence of the Gospel, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Life is too short to become bogged down with all the fringe issues. If we are to be good stewards we should “stick to the basics.” For Paul and for us this means we must keep before us the life, ministry , death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To accept this statement means that we cannot become so caught up in a “whim” of the moment that we lost sight of the central purpose of life. The 1883 Catechism puts this in perspective when it asks what the chief end of humanity is and the answer given that our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy God forever.
Often we are tempted to embrace the latest fad or fight for the newest interpretation. Paul reminds us that we must keep to the basics.
What a difference it would make in our call to be stewards, if we looked at life with simplicity instead of always grabbing everything we can grab.
–Rev. Terry Maynard
- What are the basic needs you have in life? How do those needs differ from someone living in a Third World country?
- What would you do differently if you adopted the principle of simplicity?
- How do the demands of life force you to live above your means?
- How would this world be a better place if we all “decided to know nothing among us except Jesus Christ and him crucified?”
How Do I Act?
- Spend an evening with your family talking about the essentials in your lives. Ask each family member to list those things he/she has to have to be happy. You might take some time to look at your budget and your “real life” expenses. Discuss whether or not your money and time are being spent on these essentials or on “extras.”
- Have someone from an environmental group talk with your church about the difference a simple lifestyle would make on the environment. Make plans to simplify the lifestyle of the church and then covenant with your members. Choose a partner to check in with: about how their part in the lifestyle change is working out. Report to the church about how it is going. You may find that others want to join you.
- Chart a course of action that would enable your family to move toward a more simple lifestyle. Be sure this lifestyle is equitable. In other words, don’t expect your children to give up more than you are willing to.
- Invite a group to your home to discuss how your church might make a difference in the use and misuse of our environment. Include the community in your discussions. See how these misuses can be remedied and the uses be wise.