There is a common business proverb that seems to be contradictory but in fact is very accurate; “Addition by Subtraction.” Let’s talk about that…
Minimalism tells us to relieve ourselves of the ‘unnecessary’ in order to make room for what could be more productive, enjoyable, or necessary. This applies to living space, work, people and food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes almost 3 months ago I made an immediate and decisive decision that I had to cut out certain foods that were leading me to a massive stroke or heart attack, according to my doctor. Since that time I have found other foods that satisfy my hunger, keep me healthy and help me feel less weighted down in exhaustion and just blahhh. It has lightened the load from my body and increased my energy. I had to cut it out if I wanted to increase my life in all those ways. Addition by Subtraction.
Matthew chapters 5 through 7 has been my spiritual stomping grounds lately. I am studying it and God is stomping my toes. Chapter 5 verses 27 through 30 deal with the common issues of physical immorality and the battle of our mind. Verses 29 and 30 give us a very jarring command if our eyes and hands are uncontrollably bent on sin. Jesus says pluck out our right eye or cut off our right hand if they offend us, or bring about sinful offence in our life. Now, let’s be honest, we would be a lot of stumps rolling around if we physically cut off every part of us that had part of sinful struggle in our life. But, let’s put this is spiritual scriptural context.
I John 2:15-17 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (KJB). So, when Jesus specified our eyes, our hands (flesh), and our pride (mind), He was pinpointing our primary lustful members. What are you trying to say, preacher? I am saying we need to cut some things out so we can have ‘life more abundantly.’ Alcoholics do not quit drinking by only drinking every other day. Smokers do not quit smoking by only smoking at night. Addicts of all kinds must cut out the vise that is clogging up their life.
I am not going to give you any specific suggestions on what you should cut out of your life. I will suggest that you ask and allow the Holy Ghost to point out those things you need to cut out. Think about what comes into your life through your eyes, ears, mouth, and hands. What is spiritually unnecessary? What is physically hindering? What is sucking the priceless irreplaceable time out of your daily life? What sin is separating your fellowship with the Father from being all it could be? Allow Him to help you cut them out and replace them with something that will lighten your load and increase your life. Addition by Subtraction which allows beneficial Addition.
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