Life in America is often defined by a constant pursuit of MORE STUFF. Few of us are immune to this. In fact I sought it for all I was worth for much of my life. Many people talk about keeping up with the Joneses. Shoot, we WERE THE JONESES. This changed when I was called to ministry. Through my call God helped me realize that there were things more important than the latest gadget or the newest car. In the years since I have slowly steered my life and my family away from this constant need for more.
Yet I still struggle with not having enough.
I am no longer obsessed with having ENOUGH stuff. Now I focus on other things. Do I have enough financial security? Do I have enough friends? Do I have enough respect from the people I care about? The list goes on. As I write this I listen to the song Enough by Christ Tomlin. In this song Chris writes that simply having God should be more than enough for us. More than all we want, or know, or can say God is more than enough.
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36 (NIV)
To “forfeit you soul” means to live eternity separated from God. This verse asks us what good does it do if we gain EVERYTHING THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER, but lose our soul in the process. God has created many great things on this earth. He put many of them here for our enjoyment. BUT, we must learn to be happy with simply having God. Simply having a relationship with God should be “more that enough”.
So I ask, If everything that you had on this earth were taken away would God be ,”more than enough” for you? If everything you owned was gone, if everyone that you loved was gone, if you lost your health and lived in constant pain; would God be “MORE THAN ENOUGH?” I encourage you to read the book of Job to learn from it looks like to have everything taken away and for God to still be more than enough.Matt Norman
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