Friday, April 19, 2013

Devotional 102 - Enough

"When Jesus promised to give us abundant life, He wasn't talking about wealth. If that were the case, He wouldn't have died for us; He could have just written each of us a check."
Enough by Will Davis Jr.

Hebrews 13: 5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Could we also insert in the above verse: "Keep your lives free from the love of stuff."?

When do we have enough. Enough for retirement. Enough electronic equipment. Enough clothes. Enough cars. Enough space.  Jesus, who left glory to be born in a barn, who left His heavenly mansion to travel from city to city with no home to call His own, who as Creator of the universe hung on the cross and died with absolutely nothing, never once worried about His future or whether He had "enough".

Jesus considered "enough" to be what He had today and that is the way He teaches us to think also. Consider the way He taught us to pray: "Give us today our daily bread."  One day at a time- provision for today. Be content with that.

Why can we be content with today? Because in our "today" is Jesus. We have enough because what I need today is Jesus.  We need to cling to His promise "Never will I leave you."

Our God takes care of the tomorrows. If you are worrying about tomorrow you are in sin. When God tells you to be anxious about nothing (Philippians 4:6, 7) and you are anxious, you are disobeying God, and need to ask for His forgiveness.

Let's simplify our lives of too much stuff and get down to the serious business of joy.

"The Bible actually says you'll be richer if you scale back what you have. It says your life will be fuller. You'll have less stress, more time for things that matter...more joy." Enough by Will Davis Jr.

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