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ENOUGH?

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Why does a man with a beautiful wife, pursue other women?

Why does the person with 2 billion dollars, want 3 billion?

Why does a king who rules over a vast empire still desire more land?

Why does a coach or athlete never have enough championships?

Why do the wealthy who live in beautiful mansions need still more homes in new places?

Why does the woman with closets stuffed with more fashion than she could ever wear, keep shopping for more?

Why does the celebrity who receives praise, awards and adulation, never get enough of it?

Why are we never fully satisfied?

Imagine an eternity filled with beauty, endless joys and wonderful experiences. Further imagine that this eternity had no pain, no worries, no troubles, no enemies and no sorrows. We would still end up dissatisfied and unhappy – if there was no Christ.

For we have been created by him, to know him and dwell in communion with him. We can only find true, full and lasting contentment when we are with Christ.

Hell, among other sorrows, will contain the endless gnawing pain of never being satisfied.

And so Heaven itself would become an eternal burden of emptiness without Christ being the center of it. All its glories would eventually become jaded and wearisome

The joy and glory of the Heavenly realm is the presence of Christ with us.

The presence we have now

The relationship we can grow in now

The Christ who loves us now

The Christ we can rest in now

If heaven would be empty without our Jesus, how absurd, foolish and wasteful it is to ignore him as we walk through this bruising world.

 

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We are surrounded with prosperity

. . . And we always want more!

Compare your possessions and experiences with that of your parents and grandparents. The difference in just one generation is mind boggling! The “American dream” tells us we should expect to always do better. And technology enables us to be constantly entertained

There is much we can have and do have; and more is always being held out to us. The job of the thousands of ads we constantly hear and see is to make us discontent with what we have, so we want more of what they are selling. In his book Worldliness, CJ Mahaney uses this true story to illustrate the seduction of having more:

An American company had trouble keeping employees working in their Panama factory. The laborers lived in an agrarian, barter economy, but the company paid in cash. Since the average employee had more cash after a week’s work than he had ever seen, he would periodically quit, satisfied with what he had made. So the company gave all their employees a Sears catalog. No one quit then, because they all wanted the previously undreamed-of things they saw in that book

 

A leader of the persecuted church in Romania made this sobering observation:

“In my experience, 95 percent of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it, while 95 percent who face the test of prosperity fail it.”

The Bible warns us against the seduction prosperity in Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17

Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; . . Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’

Prosperity and success lead to self sufficiency and pride that diminish God in our mind and hearts. We lose our sense of complete dependence upon God and our sense of urgency in pursuing Him. We ‘forget’ what He has done; we forget that all we are and have is from Him

The answer?

Well it is not necessarily to get rid of everything, although most of us might benefit from a little simplification of life and stuff. Rather the answer to make sure all we have is for God.

How generous are you with God?

Is giving and generosity part of your lifestyle?

How tightly do you cling to what you have?

Do you feel that God has the right to take what He has allowed you to have?

Do we enjoy what we have for the glory of God or for the satisfaction of our self?

I know these can be hard questions to even know how to answer, but they are questions worth considering.

Another protection from “more” is to recognize how rich we are in Christ. A careful reading of Ephesians 1 helps us to remain content with God. We gain a greater joy for the possessions of grace that are most important

Perhaps the most helpful protection of all is to want God more than anything else. If we are desperate for more of God, we will not allow lesser things to distance us from him.

Is God want we want more of?

 

R