Bigger…

Seems like bigger is better – paycheck, house, popularity. Children always want to be bigger. We pick the bigger apple or head of lettuce.

It goes back to Paul’s lesson: contentment. Ugh, that just doesn’t fit today’s world does it? The lesson is good, the premise is right on, the practice is…well, difficult.

We want more: more ‘likes’, more ‘friends’, more experiences. A constant quest to fill up to the top and overflow with – stuff, tangible things, proof we are okay. ” ‘Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.’ “ (Luke 7:41-43 NIV)

The bigger debt. That’s not something anyone is proud of having bigger. The truth is we have a debt we can’t repay. Try as we might, we mess up everyday. We can live this life trying to make things right or we can choose to let Someone step in for us and forgive us all those debts.

Debts of hurting those we love, not noticing those in need, living for self. Oh such good, sweet news: God’s grace is bigger than all our shortcomings, all our sins, all our wayward ways. Right there picking up our brokenness, mending our torn souls, being bigger than all we think we need.

“But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ “ (James 4:6 BSB) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NIV) “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11 NLT)

So, seriously, who needs ‘likes’, worldly fame, the next big thrill? He gives us more of all that matters – more grace, more wisdom, more peace, more joy. Oh Father, lavish more of those on us. More of You – our God is bigger than everything.

13 Comments on “Bigger…

  1. So goes along what I’m reading and learning from a book I’m reading called Kisses from Katie. Thank you as always for your writings!

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    • Esther, love that: “He not only cancels our debt but deposits His love!” Fill us up, Lord, less of the world, more of You. 🙂

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  2. Yes. Amen. So much where my heart is right now. Trying to slow down for summer, and just wanting Him to fill the spaces of perceived lack. Fill my life with His rest. Satan loves the illusion of bigger. Funny how the quote on my site today goes so well with your post. Love God-things like that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, friend. ((hug))

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    • I noticed that this morning when I visited your site – I think God does that a lot when He has a message to get out He lays it on many hearts. To be humbly small in His encompassing presence is true peace…

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  3. Great post, Paris! My favorite part: “The truth is we have a debt we can’t repay. Try as we might, we mess up everyday. We can live this life trying to make things right or we can choose to let Someone step in for us and forgive us all those debts.”

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    • Mandy, so blessed to have you stop by, and after visiting your site I am blessed even more. My favorite part too – to let Him step in to my mess, and see His redeeming work. I am passing your url on to my daughter-in-love, I think she’ll love it as well. 🙂

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  4. Amen, Paris. I want to be content in Him. As the psalmist wrote, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And besides you, I desire nothing on earth.” Ps. 73

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    • Deb, I love the verse you quoted – amen to that. May you be blessed as the desire of your heart increases more and more to want nothing more than Him 🙂

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  5. Hello,I check your blogs named “Bigger… – parisrenae” on a regular basis.Your story-telling style is witty, keep it up! And you can look our website about proxy list daily.

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words and I will check you out as well 🙂 May God bless you as you live for Him and share Him with others…

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