As our small group entered into discussion this week, one participant noted “Simplicity seems quite complex.”
The majority of our conversation circled around the tension that exists in each of the spiritual disciplines. In the case of simplicity, it is impossible to engage with the discipline without an external or outward manifestation of simplicity. However, it is possible to fall into legalism and completely miss an inward simplicity when we attend to its outward manifestations.
In order to avoid this trap, not only with Simplicity but with all of the spiritual disciplines, we must focus on seeking first the Kingdom of God. Our small group has been helped by watching videos of Richard Foster discussing the spiritual disciplines. You can find those first few videos on YouTube by clicking here
In this week’s video on simplicity
, Foster quoted the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard . . .
“Simplicity itself becomes idolatry when it takes precedence over seeking the kingdom. In a particularly penetrating comment on this passage of Scripture, Søren Kierkegaard considers what sort of effort could be made to pursue the kingdom of God.
Should a person get a suitable job in order to exert a virtuous influence? His answer: no, we must first seek God’s kingdom. Then should we give away all our money to feed the poor? Again the answer is no, we must first seek God’s kingdom.
Well, then perhaps we are to go out and preach this truth to the world that people are to seek first God’s kingdom? Once again the answer is a resounding: no, we are first to seek the kingdom of God.
Kierkegaard concludes, “Then in a certain sense it is nothing I shall do. Yes, certainly, in a certain sense it is nothing, become nothing before God, learn to keep silent; in this silence is the beginning, which is, first to seek God’s kingdom.”
I pray that you will be able to seek God’s Kingdom with joy this week. I also pray that you are drawing closer to Jesus and your brothers and sisters as we learn more about how to prepare our hearts for Him through this campaign on the Spiritual Disciplines.
Warmly in Christ,