The Thessalonian church was in a state of confusion. False teachers claimed that the Second Coming had already happened. According to them, the persecutions they were experiencing were signs of apocalyptic upheaval. To head off this confusion, Paul urged everyone to focus on living simply. He wanted them to be content with what they had and to be faithful to the Lord.
Paul’s message of simplicity is important. We can easily become preoccupied with the busyness of life or get swept up in the idle speculation that is always part of the world. But this only distracts us and makes it harder for us to hear the Lord and feel his presence. A simple life doesn’t mean an inactive life. It’s a life of balance. Here are two strategies that can help you live simply.
First, think about limiting the number of activities you do in any given day. This means evaluating the time you spend watching television, using devices, or shopping. It may mean setting aside one night a week for spiritual reading or serving in your parish community. Find ways you can simplify your life so that Jesus has more ways to love you.
Second, whether you are cooking a meal, working, or taking a walk, do it in a way that brings glory to the Lord. This approach can help keep your mind more peaceful and more focused on living in the Spirit. Over and over again, the saints have told us that a simple life helps us to keep our minds on the Lord. It gives Jesus opportunities to fill our hearts with his joy, love and peace.