The saying goes, “less is more,” meaning the less clutter you have in your home, life, etc. the more home, life, etc. you have. It’s a lesson I’ve yet to learn as I look around my study, cluttered with books, studies, commentaries, resources, Bibles, files, sewing stuff, and tons of notebooks. But, because of Jesus, there are some areas of my life where I am truly grateful that less really is more.
Because of Jesus, I am shameless – Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I did not always live for God, and my sin caused me tremendous shame. Even after I became a Christian I still stumbled in many ways, and the enemy heaped shame on me. But Jesus took all my shame to the cross and the grave. When He rose to life again, my shame stayed buried forever. Whatever you may have done, no matter how shameful it may be, Jesus can set you free.
Because of Jesus, I am guiltless – Hebrews 10:22 says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” We’ve all had feelings of guilt—because we are all sinners. Jesus’ blood fell from His head and hands and feet, and continues to sprinkle all who will come and kneel at the foot of the cross. His blood washes away all our sin, and with it our guilt. You can set down that heavy burden and run into your Father’s presence knowing that His arms are open wide to receive you.
Because of Jesus, I am fearless – 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” God loves you and me perfectly with an everlasting love that will never fail, no matter what we may do. Because of His perfect love, we no longer have to tip toe into God’s presence, fearing His anger and wrath.
Jesus took all our sin and with it all the consequences and the burdens that sin brings. Because of Him you and I can be shameless, guiltless and fearless. Beloved, don’t let your life get clutter with all this stuff. Grab hold of the “less is more” principle and walk in the freedom Christ won for you.