I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV)
I just read about a lady who was known for her extraordinary Christian maturity. One day her pastor asked her to preach the Sunday sermon believing that her experience would be instructive to the congregation. On the Sunday when the lady rose to speak, her sermon was short and sweet. “Dear Friends,” she began, “there’s always more.” And with that, she sat down.
Just begin to ponder that simple message: there’s always more. The God of the Infinite, the one who promised to meet all our needs, the Alpha (beginning) and the Omega (ending), the great Creator never operates in scarcity. He never runs out of any resource—of love, of grace, of mercy, of patience, of whatever we need. And there’s no end to the delights of knowing him.
Think of what this means in your present circumstance. As a parent, spouse, friend, employer: there’s more wisdom, there’s more understanding, there are more ideas, there’s more love… As an intellectual: there’s more to contemplate, there’s more to learn, there’s more to investigate, there’s more for growth… As a leader: there’s more direction, there’s more discernment, there are more resources, there’s more creativity… As a disciple: there’s more to discover, there’s more to obey, there’s more to abandon, there’s more to enjoy… We could fill in the blanks indefinitely. Suffice it to say, that in Christ, there is abundance.
Lest we consider God as having limited resources, just look at his provision for the Children of Israel in the wilderness; for Elijah in hiding; for Ruth in Bethlehem; for David in his wanderings; for Israel in exile; for feeding the four thousand and five thousand; for rescuing you and me; and for the times he is always there for his people. His hand is not shortened that he cannot save nor is he deaf that he cannot hear our prayers (Isaiah 59:1).
We sometimes treat our spiritual beings as add-ons. They’re peripheral to our real lives. But Jesus says I’ve come to give you abundant life, more than we’re currently experiencing. If we’re not living in abundance, there’s more. God has more for us than we can think or imagine and waits for us to move beyond our impoverished selfishness into his endless provision of more. Wherever we find ourselves, there’s always more. Dare we take the challenge?
Father, charge our spiritual imaginations that we reach out in faith to you to receive more from your goodness. Move us beyond our spiritual poverty into the richness we have in Christ Jesus. Gratefully, we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN.