More-than-enough is the Why of our life’s mission. That mission can be seen in the first Passover. But how can more-than-enough be the provision for our mission as well as the result of our mission? And if that’s true, what does that mean about how I live life in the nitty gritty of today?
Mission: More Than Enough – As Provision
God’s grace is more than enough. That’s also true of all His provision. It doesn’t require an exhaustive list to make the point. The Apostle Paul wrote:
My God will supply all your needs cccording to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
That He will grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. Ephesians 3:16
Those two verses would be enough, but people like me need a picture. And our Father gives us beautiful pictures!
The Prodigal Son
Scripture says, When he came to his senses… (see Luke 15:17). There are two important things bound up in that statement:
- One is senseless (crazy?) to not trust the Father’s provision
- Good sense recognizes the Father’s provision
The hungry young man recognized that even his father’s servants had food enough to spare. God is the Father pictured in that parable. Who are we? We are His servants with His more-than-enough provision. But it doesn’t end there. The young man went home humbled and expected nothing from his father. What did the father do? He threw a party. He loved the son. Everything the father did was over the top. It was more than could be expected. How does your heavenly Father do things? Got the picture yet?
When Jesus turned water into wine, it was more than enough and better than anyone expected. What God provides is done in abundance with excellence.
The Bread and Fish
When Jesus fed 5,000+ with a boy’s lunch, what was it? It was more than enough! Jesus told the disciples to feed the people. When they recognized they couldn’t do it, Jesus provided what they needed. They passed out the food. They actually fed the people as He commanded but they did it with His provision. What a picture that is for us. But how much was left over? A basket full for each of Jesus’ servers. That may as well have been you and me. Jesus will always provide for those who serve in His name.
God gives us other pictures of our more-than-enough mission. They show us that more-than-enough is to be the result of our mission. Tune in Monday. I’ll have a special event post for tomorrow.
Soli Deo Gloria!