There's So Much More

This is something that has been brewing inside for awhile. I don't know about you, but I want more and I want this world to want more! My goal in these words is not to point out the sin of others but instead to cry out "Lord Jesus may it start with me!" These words are an outflow of the conviction in my own heart and seeing my need for Jesus in a greater, deeper way. I pray that by some miracle they are used to draw you closer into His arms of love.

We are a world that is always on the search for more, always wanting the next great thing. There are things that we want and we chase and pursue them thinking that we'll then have enough. But friends there are times when we are quite the opposite, too. There are times when we are quick to settle and easily satisfied. The problem is that these are the times when instead we ought to be seeking, and we ought to pursue. 

You see, we are quick to settle for little of Jesus. We are easily satisfied with just a taste of Him. We know that He's good and we need Him to some degree but we just take a little, just as much as we think necessary and not a drop more. We've dipped our feet into the vast ocean of His mercy and then decided that just that one small step is quite enough. But Christ is there a little farther out, beckoning us, calling us to draw nearer, to go further, to take another step. 

The fact is, Christ gave His life for us. I don't think we understand that the way that we ought, for if we did this world would be different, we would be different. He gave everything that He possibly could. He couldn't possibly have given more. And He gave it for us. But friends let me tell you, He did not give it for that one little step into His ocean. Oh no, He gave it for so much more! Jesus didn't give His life for just an escape from Hell, oh no! It was for much, much more! He came to give LIFE! For freedom from our sin. He came that we could live victoriously knowing that death was conquered and He has won. He came to give grace, grace that isn't an accepting of our sin but instead lifting us up from it and clothing us in His righteousness instead. He came that we could live abundantly and friends that means no lack. 

We repeat to ourselves often things like, "He satisfies the longing soul", "Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world", "We are more than conqueror's in Christ Jesus", and "Nothing can separate us from the love of God". We know them all well, but friends we need more than just knowing them. For it is not the knowing them that makes the enemy shutter. No, he is just fine with our knowing them in fact it even brings him a smile because we are yet unchanged. It's when we believe them and claim them as true, it's when those statements change the way that we live each day. That is when he shutters, that is when he fears. For it does no good to tell ourselves these things and then struggle on in our misery and weakness. 

Oh people, Christ did not come so that our churches could be full of gossip and pride. Christ did not come so that we could lash out and excuse it since we are "only human after all". He didn't come so that we could bicker and fight over things that have no eternal purpose. He didn't come that we could live for ourselves, seeking our fulfillment and our pleasure. 

He wants so much more than just thirty second prayers before meals, more than just two hours of time on Sunday morning. More than just a knowledge of Him. Friends, he wants all of us. He wants our whole lives. He loves us more than we could imagine and that's why He came. He wants to transform us to make us new creatures. He wants to have a daily living, breathing relationship with us. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him and spend time at His feet. He wants 100%, not just 50%, not even 99%. People, He wants us to abide. For it is only in abiding that it is possible to give 100%. 

We marvel at those who have gone before us and lived lives of complete devotion to Him. One's who abandoned everything for His cause. Those who gave up their lives to Him and allowed Him to use them in whatever way he chose. We read their story's and love their quotes but we forget what the cost is. For, "unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him." (John 12:24-26) The price is high and one we aren't willing to pay. We search and try to find another way, but the price will not change, there is no other way. But, oh let me tell you, once you have made the choice you realize the price is nothing compared to what is to be gained. For after you've surrendered to Him you realize that He gives so much more in return than what He asks for. 

There is so much more available in Jesus than what we have right now. He came to BE our life, not just to be a part of our lives. He came to give us all that we need for life and godliness. He doesn't promise a life free of trials but He promises to give us a never ending supply of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We know those words well but do we believe that they are true? Friends the Bible was not meant to just be quoted but instead to be lived. His words are true and are meant to be used. There is still a vey real battle against our flesh to be fought and they are our defense against the enemy and his lies. They are our swords and they are ready for battle, are we?

He's give his all, will we not do the same? Oh, let us keep pressing on, keep running this race. May we not stop with just one step out into His  endless ocean but instead may we plunge into the depths of His infinite grace, His boundless love and let it fill our lives until we can't possibly contain it all and it spills out to those around us. That is how the christian life is to be lived; overflowing with His beauty reaching out to a broken and lost world. 

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  1. I love your spirit! thank you so much for these truths. They edify, encourage and change me! God bless you sister!