Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Want More?

Want More?

The worst part about my favorite indulgence is getting halfway through the buffet line, spotting my favorite fried Chinese delicacies and realizing my plate is already full. Thankfully, most buffets are all-you-can-eat, so I can return to fill yet another empty plate. God’s methods of dishing out blessings are not much different. He is an all-you-can-eat God, willing and able to dish out His blessings in abundance to those coming to Him with an empty plate. The problem is, however, that so many of us have become complacent in today’s church culture, content to receive plate after plate of the Word every Sunday, pushing ourselves back from the pew, satisfied that we’ve been well fed that day.

Moreover, we return Sunday after Sunday to receive more spiritual food with our plates still full from last week! Eventually, our once satisfied bellies begin murmuring that we just aren’t getting fed like we used to. Of course not, you cannot feed a full belly, and in our full bellies breeds discontentment.

However, Jesus has the answer to our spiritual discontent no matter where He has planted us. Do you want more of the abundant life He promised? Then give away what you have already received. When he sent out His disciples, those to whom He hand fed, Jesus instructed them to give away the same ministry to others that they had already witnessed Jesus doing: Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

We need not be concerned with how much we think we have received from God, but instead need to learn to give some away.. Have any received physical healing? Lay hands on and pray diligently for others who need physical healing. Have any been set free from an addition? Pray fervently with and for others who are bound by the same. Have any been blessed with an abundance of material blessing? Give some away – over and above a tithe.

God desires to give more abundantly to those who have made room on their plates for more of Him. However, so many of us have not taken the time to empty our plates in the form of giving away what God has given us in ministry to others. Perhaps we are worried that if we give it all away, we will be left with nothing. Perhaps we simply are lazy, busy, self-absorbed. The bottom line is that if we don’t empty our plates, we cannot expect to come to God to receive more. Only those who learn to freely give away what they have already received truly will come to know the bounty of blessings in Christ Jesus, and a well-satisfied soul.

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