Simplicity and Purity

BLOG Post No. 4 November 24th, 2020

Simplicity and Purity

Let this be thy whole endeavor, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou mayest be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

When we answer God’s call to simplicity, we take the first step toward living into the purification we already have in Christ Jesus. The blindness of sin has been removed by Christ Jesus in whom we live. Purification is caused by our encounter with Divine Love and our acceptance of God who is Love, Emmanuel, God with us, in our life. Christ’s purification removes all that keeps us from a life centered and balanced in the true Reality of life in Christ Jesus. Simplicity has a way of awakening us to purification that opens open our eyes to God with us, Love in our midst. It is thus a pathway to seeing Love, who is already with us, but so many, even as saved Christians, have yet to access the fullness of this gift in our everyday lives. It is a gift of grace that we have in Christ Jesus, but also need to become more deeply awakened. We have it, but we must say yes to it as well, otherwise we do not know how to live fully aware of and responsive to the purification that we have in Christ Jesus. For when we say yes to the simple life our Lord Christ Jesus becomes more and more the recognized center of our life purified from sin and the blindness that sin causes. We then are gifted with the ability to live out of the pure heart that we have in Christ Jesus and are thus able to see God in our midst, to see ourselves in Christ Jesus.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

Simplicity, in essence is the doorway to the perceptible inspiration that reveals our purity in Christ Jesus beyond a mere informed theological ascent, or belief, that our sins are forgiven, washed away, by and in Christ Jesus. Simplicity is our foray into truly living out of the purification of which this truth speaks. Simplicity and perceived purification in Christ Jesus are both a response and an awakening to God’s presence and action within us. We respond by way of a decision to simplify our lives and we awaken to our newfound sight as those purified in Christ Jesus. In this awakening, which profoundly includes all that we are, spirit, soul, mind, and body, we become open to Reality that speaks to our true selves the truth of our deepest desire. Here we discover that what we truly desire is union with God, for God’s will to be our will. We discover that what we really desire is exactly what God has desired for us all along. Simplicity thus is the contemplative posture of listening for God’s truth. We discover that what we truly desired all along was exactly what God has always desired for us, as well. Purity of heart, becomes purity of soul, becomes purity of mind, and purity of body. In this fully alive human way of being we simply will one thing, which is to see God who is Love in our lives. Love in whom we live, move, and have our being. When this occurs, we then become vessels through which Love flows into all creation seen and unseen.

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

This is a transcendent way of being that is yet firmly grounded in the material world. It soars above while still including all that is below. It is a way of being that includes and transcends in an ever-deepening dynamic sanctifying movement in which nothing is wasted. We begin to see all creation simply as one, as if we, God’s image bearers and God’s children, are seeing through the eyes of God. Perceived purity as it flows from simplicity is thus a crucial aspect of union with God.

Simplicity is the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God, purity unites with and enjoys him. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

As we approach Thanksgiving this week how might we embrace the way of simplicity that reveals the purity of Christ Jesus in who we unite together. For what could we me be more grateful than to be among the blessed who see God this Thanksgiving, moving toward Advent and then celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.

Also, you have a few more days to sign up for our new Christian Contemplative Book Study Group. Our first meeting will be held via ZOOM at 5:30 PM this coming Friday, as we consider the Introduction to our book, “Into the Silent Land” by Martin Laird. This will then be followed by seven Friday night meeting as we work through the books seven chapters. If you would like to participate email me at

God bless you all.

Gene Yotka

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