Our discussion of the chapter, which is entitled “Consecration,” focused on Jesus’ call to discipleship: the simplicity of the call, the seriousness of the call, the product of the call, and the practice of the call. The central truth we gleaned from the chapter was that effective disciplers obey Christ and challenge their disciples.
To put the first part of this truth into action—that is, to obey Jesus, who calls for complete devotion—we’re going to have to simplify our lives in His direction. We should seek simplicity, but not just any simplicity. We want to simplify our lives around Jesus, His values, and His mission.
This is related to saying no, which we posted about yesterday. Of course we should say no to ungodliness (Titus 2:12). We should also say no to excessive commitments and constant distractions that come disguised as meaningful information. It is impossible to follow Jesus with the loyalty He called for when we are scatterbrained and “scatter-bodied.”
Simplify, men. Simplify toward Jesus.