My brother-in-law, Jim, is a pastor in West Virginia. We were chatting recently about what we were preaching in the churches, and he mentioned he is preaching a series. I asked him what the series was about, and he gave me a one word answer: MORE! Since our chat, I have thought a lot about “more” and how it relates to walking with God. From what I read in the Bible, our God is not a God of lack or scarcity. He willingly gives not only what we need to barely survive, but delights in giving “more” so we can bless others. In my devotional reading in 2 Corinthians, I am reminded of Paul’s challenge to the believers to follow-through on their commitment to give a love offering to the suffering believers in Judea. Catch the idea of “more” as he says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:6-7). Paul is talking here about giving money to help those in need. Money that is given away in Jesus is never lost, but “invested.” God has a perfect memory; He never forgets our acts of love and kindness, and He always has “more” on His heart. Giving does not deplete us, but opens our lives for more of God’s grace and supply to be given to us and through us. And “more” goes way beyond money. The way to reap more fruit of God’s Spirit, or more results in God’s kingdom, is to offer Him more sensitivity to the Spirit, more obedience, and more dedication. As I look back, I realize I regret missing certain opportunities because I had settled for my “enough” instead of reaching for God’s more. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).
Pastor Mark Boucher