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.
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