“Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
The verse above is a prophecy of the Saviour’s birth. God says, “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” The butter and honey this verse is talking about is the simplicity in which the Saviour would live. God was teaching a valuable lesson that keeping things simple in life is the greatest detractor from temptation and the world. It was the simple life that allowed Jesus to know how to refuse evil and choose good at an early age.
There are many things in life that are trying to grab your attention. In our modern day, there are more voices that will keep a person from doing right than ever before. Technology has become so prevalent that it is hard to keep someone from the wrong voices that would lure them away from living a godly life. There is something about keeping your life simple that helps you to learn right and wrong more easily. Let me give you several observations concerning the importance of keeping things simple.
First, don’t make your life too complicated. The more you add to your life the more your children will have in their lives. We live in times when many parents are adding so many social events to their lives, and these social events have nothing to do with serving the LORD. There is nothing wrong with enjoying life, but be careful as a parent not to get yourself involved in things that could become detracting voices to your ability to teach your children right and wrong. Just because what you want to do isn’t wrong doesn’t mean that it is the right thing for you to do. There are going to be times when you need to refuse to do something for the sake of keeping things simple for your children.
Second, don’t allow your children to have complicated lives. One thing I appreciate that my parents did for me was that they didn’t allow me to get caught up in all the latest trends of society. At the time they kept me from the latest trends I didn’t like it, but they were keeping my life simple so that I could learn the value of right and wrong. Parents, your children truly don’t need all the voices that the modern trends will give them. The fewer voices you put into your child’s life, the better chance you have of teaching them right and wrong. The more simple you keep things for your children, the easier it is for them to focus on what is right and wrong in life.
Third, don’t allow your finances to become too complicated. Many people ruin their finances because they add too many bills in their life. My friend, the fewer credit cards you have, the easier it is to maintain your finances. The simpler you live life, the fewer bills you have to care for. Just remember that it is easier to pay fewer bills than it is to have many bills. The best way to enjoy life is to keep your finances simple by not adding debt to your financial world.
Fourth, pastors need to be careful about making their ministry’s complicated. There is nothing wrong with having ministries that help people, but I have learned from experience that most people don’t want their church life to become too complicated. Pastor, be careful about adding the latest ministry trend just to be like all the other churches. Keeping things simple in your ministry will grow your people more than adding the latest ministry trend every time a new one comes along.