The wisdom of simplicity is a theme with deep roots. The great value and benefits of living simply are found in all the world’s major wisdom traditions.
Jesus embodied a life of compassionate simplicity. He taught by word and example that we should not make the acquisition of material possessions our primary aim; instead, we should develop our capacity for loving participation in life. The Bible speaks frequently about the need to find a balance between the material and the spiritual side of life:
- “Give me neither poverty nor wealth.” (Proverbs 30:8)
- “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth … Store up treasure in heaven … For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
- “If a man has enough to live on, and yet when he sees his brother in need shuts up his heart against him, how can it be said that the divine love dwells in him?” (John 3:17)