In installment 2 of this series, I said God supplies our mission with more-than-enough. But is God’s abundant provision just for me? Is His provision for mission about something more?
Mission Result: More-Than-Enough
A famous parable gives insight into our Father’s heart in providing for us. It’s another object lesson; a picture that helps us understand. A lawyer asked Jesus about the most important commandment. Jesus turned the question back on him and the lawyer correctly quoted the Law:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
We must always remember Jesus then gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate the truth in the Law. How did the Samaritan act? The record says he showed compassion on the man who was beaten. But it was not just a little bit. He did it with abundance. Notice, the Samaritan:
…bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’
Do you see the abundance? The Samaritan said, Whatever it takes, do it and I’ll cover the charge. This is Jesus’ picture of how we are to extend the more-than-enough He gives to us. We are to do the same for others. Don’t like that example? Is it not enough to illustrate how we are to do our mission?
The Mission: How Jesus Did It
Let’s look at Jesus’ assessment of His mission. He said He came that we might have life and have it:
In John 4, Jesus spoke about water with the woman at the well. Jesus said He was the Living Water. If we take in the Living Water, we have a well of water springing up to eternal life. But it doesn’t end there. In John 7, Jesus again spoke of Living Water:
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’
What connects both of those thoughts? I could cite Ephesians 5:1 and remind you we are to be imitators of Christ. Paul was inspired to make that commandment. But keeping with Jesus’ words:
As the Father sent Me, so send I you.
Jesus provides for you and your mission in a more-than-enough manner. But it’s pretty easy to see He has no expectation that you hoard what He gives you. You and I are to give to others and minister in such a way that they can also have His abundance. Jesus empowers us to reach out to others with more-than-enough:
And there is so much more. But when others see His abundance in us, they can taste and see that the Lord is good. And when they receive Him, they receive His more-than-enough provision for themselves and His more-than-enough mission to continue reaching out.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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