Simplicity and Gratitude

By Rick Bayer, October 10, 2021

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:22-23 NIV

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NIV

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

  1. Call out the lies of advertising.

  2. Do an assessment of your “stuff”.

  3. Take an inventory of your clothing.

  4. Plan your spending.

  5. Appreciate the simple pleasures.

  6. Cultivate a generous spirit.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 NIV

Questions for personal reflection and/or Discipleship Group:


  • Would people describe you as “living simply”? Why or why not?

Go to the Source:

Read Matthew 6:19-34

  • What is the connection between treasure and heart? Heart and eye? Master and money?

  • How does your choice of treasure, sight, and master affect your attitude towards life?

  • What does God’s care of the birds and flowers tell you about you?

Live it out:

  • What is one practice you can adopt to live more simply?

  • What does simple trust in your heavenly Father look like for you on a day-to-day basis?