Christian Minimalism

Counter-Cultural Living: Vocation and Identity

Over the last few blog posts, we have discussed how living as a Christian minimalist is counter-cultural. Our theme verse has been:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

We are called to live differently than society’s accepted lifestyle.

In the first part of our three-part series, we explored the practical aspects of intentional consumption and living with less. This time, we will explore our calling (vocation) and our identity in God!

A FRIENDLY REMINDER: It’s easy to assume that someone must do all the things listed below to be a Christian minimalist. Nope! Christian minimalists strive to serve God and others by focusing on the aspects of life that matter most, and intentionally removing everything else. This will look different for each person, depending on their life situation.

You are encouraged to read the practical tips offered below and in previous/subsequent blog posts as suggestions. Feel free to incorporate those tips that speak to you in your current context. Experiment. Try a tip on for a while and see how it feels. If it doesn’t work, you can always stop and try something else. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Ready? Let’s dive in with part two!

 

Vocation and Identity in God

Our society values status, power, and wealth above all else. But Jesus reminds us that status, power, and wealth are not what God values. When the disciples argued over who was the greatest, Jesus tells them that he came not to be served, but to serve– and we are called, first and foremost, to be servants (Luke 22:24-30). Too often we chase the life society wants for us, rather than the life God is calling us to– our vocation. God is calling YOU to build up the kingdom and do the work of God here on earth. Paul writes:

However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches. (1 Corinthians 7:17)

Here are some ways we can live out our vocation and identity in God rather than chasing status, power, and wealth:

  • Spend time in prayer and contemplation, asking God to show you how you are personally called to best serve God and others. Notice when others affirm your gifts and skills– God speaks through others who confirm our calling as well.
  • Constantly remind yourself that you are not what you own, your job title, your salary, or who people say you are. You are, without a doubt, a beloved child of God– NO MATTER WHAT.
  • Take a spiritual gifts assessment to find our what gifts God has given you, and how you can use those gifts to the glory of God.
  • Help flip the script. When someone asks you what you do, talk about what you are passionate about and what matters most. Ask them the same. This will take the focus off of what we make money doing (and assumptions about status, wealth, and power) and turn the focus to what passions God has put on our hearts.
  • Our vocation and calling from God is not always how we make money, but we can always serve God in our daily lives. Pray and think about how God could be calling you to serve others even in the mundane.
  • Be aware of those who are in need around you and in our world. Ask how you can help.

 

Living counter-culturally as a Christian minimalist isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Which of these practical tips spoke to you? What can you try out today?

 

 

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About 
Becca Ehrlich, AKA The Christian Minimalist, is striving to be a Christian minimalist in a consumer society. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband Will. You can read more about her story and how her blog came to exist by clicking the website link above.

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