Bible Verses About Simplicity In Life

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Simplicity According To the Bible

When I was organizing in homes for clients and writing an occasional blog post, I struggled to think of original subjects to write about.

I wrote about how and why everyone should be organized, have less stuff, hire an organizer…on repeat.

At that time I wanted to write from a Christian viewpoint, but I was unsure. I started asking myself, “What does God say about being organized or living a simple life?” and then, “Are there any Bible verses about simplicity?”

As I worked to help people to live orderly lives, I became more convinced of the need to look in the right place – the Bible – to find answers to those questions. So, here we go.

What Does the Bible Say About Simplicity?

A simple life is not necessarily minimalistic, or super organized, although it can be both. There are plenty of verses and passages on living simply in the Bible.

I’ve weeded through these to bring you this collection of Scriptures about living a life of simplicity. In fact, in the careful reading, studying, and choosing of the passages, I’ve realized how hard it is to separate our true needs from what we think we need.

As a society, we have a fear of “doing without” and the stigma that might bring upon us.

Being different, looking poor, living in a less-than-trendy home, taking a small or no vacation, or eating at home rather than going out – these can mean different things to different people.

What Does Simplicity Mean In the Bible?

I know people who have high-end careers yet buy 10-year-old used cars on purpose. Others I know make every leftover count by creating great dishes out of what’s in the fridge, although they could afford to go out to eat every meal. Still, others buy the majority of their clothing from second-hand shops when they could be shopping in upscale boutiques.

Over time, I’ve learned that living a simple life means so much more than just what we own, buy, or eat. It has to do with how we think, how our attitudes wrap around our belongings, how we value our time, how we deal with other people, and how we feel about ourselves.

Bible Verses about Simplicity

I encourage you to not just read these verses about living a simple life, but dig into them, search their meanings, and how they apply to you. Let’s look at a few of the passages I found about living with simplicity. The complete list of verses is in this printable daily Bible reading plan (below). Get this one-month schedule of verses to print out for your use. All you have to do is click below and it’s yours!

Free Bible Reading Plan On Simplicity

Hebrews 13:5-6 (CSB)

Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you”. Therefore, we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Timothy 6:6-10 (CSB)

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Philippians 4:11-13 (CSB)

I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content – whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.


1 John 2:15

1 John 2:15-16 (NCV)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world.

This passage is pretty convicting. It seems natural to want to please ourselves. We’ve all been tempted by wanting sinful things. And we often feel or express pride in what we have.

But according to this Scripture, these are signs that we love the world. And when we are in love with the world, we don’t have love for God.

God provides for us, but when we decide our own path to happiness, consider ourselves as our own providers, or cave in to the temptations of things God doesn’t approve of we are leaving Him out and we’ve become our own gods.

Pride in what we have or what we’ve done, making comparisons or being discontented as we focus on what we don’t have – these are all signs that the world has too much influence on us.

If you find yourself struggling in these areas, What You Need To Know About God’s Provision or 5 Secrets To Living A Life Of Contentment may help.

Luke 8:14-15

“As for the seed that fell among the thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. But the seed in the good ground – these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, produce fruit.”

Luke 16:10-13 (MSG))

Jesus went on to make these comments: If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? No worker can serve two bosses: He’ll either hate the first and love the second or adore the first and despise the second. You can’t serve both God and the Bank.

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Proverbs 27:17 (CSB)

Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.

Isaiah 35:3-4

Strengthen the weak hands, steady the shaking knees! Say to the cowardly: “Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.”

These verses instruct us to build each other up from what the Lord has given us, to care for one another, comfort each other and do good for others, as God has provided us plenty of opportunities to do.

He has given us grace, mercy, and love, and has equipped us to pass these on to everyone we can.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (CSB)

Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes, but rather what is inside the heart – the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Matthew 5:37

Matthew 5:37 (CSB)

But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’, and your ‘no’ mean ‘no’. Anything more than this is from the evil one.

Psalm 127:1-2 (CSB)

Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food – yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.

1 Thessalonians 4:11

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

We are told in the Bible to live quiet, humble lives.

Being seen or being busy (or being busybodies) should never be our aim, but giving glory to Him through the way we live out our lives in front of the unbelieving world is to be our highest goal.

Luke 10:38-42 (CSB)

While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The Bible tells us to live quiet, peaceful, honest, and hard-working lives.

Living like this gives us more time and inclination to develop a relationship with God, learn from Him, and spend time with Him, just as the apostles learned from Jesus as they walked and talked with Him.

When we are troubled with arguments and strife, constantly busy, this deep relationship is difficult, if not impossible, to attain.

Proverbs 3:5-12 (CSB)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight. Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Do not despise the LORD’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline; for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom He delights.

Isaiah 48:18

Romans 12:2 (CSB)

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

We need to seek God’s instruction and His leading. If we aren’t being led by Him, then we are being led by the world and our own desires, and we become oblivious to His will.

When we go to God with every plan, problem, thought, and feeling, praying and searching His Word for guidance, we are being transformed and our minds are being renewed by Him. It is at this point that we start to want what He wants.

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God’s plans for you are awesome! His ways are perfect and just. He can purify our hearts and clarify our minds if we will only stay fully connected to Him.

When we are connected in this way, we can be confident in Him, trusting His leadership and direction.

When our lives are complicated, by comparison, discontentment, gossip, or any of those behaviors we are warned against throughout Scripture, we can all too easily lose our way, lose sight of God’s will for us, and lose the “more of Jesus” that we all crave at the center of our being.

And who doesn’t need more of Jesus?

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