Tue, Jun 14th - 1:37PM
by Brian Passe
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life whether you have enough (Matthew 6:25 NLT).
When do you have enough? The answer to that question depends on whether you listen to the world or Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world with nothing but the love of his mother and father (in Heaven and earth). He left the world pretty much the same way. At his birth, His mother swaddled him in cloth. When He hung on the cross, soldiers casts dice for his robe. He didn't have a farm full of animals, gold in a purse or a house full of things he just had to have. His father awaited His return, His mother mourned and few of His disciples could be found. However, He had enough. He came to free a world from sin, leave a message that is timeless, and an example of how to live. Now ask yourself: "Do I have enough?"
I met a man in the Dominican Republic whose house was nothing but four sheets of metal siding wired together. A bed was inside, the man who lived there had friends and family; I saw him share food with his neighbors. Did he have enough? I met a woman in Guatemala whose arms were deformed and her legs showed the ravages of elephantiasis. She held babies in her arms, laughed with her mother and waited patiently all day to see a dentist. Did she have enough?
Television commercials tell us we don't have enough. We need the new car with voice command phones, bigger homes, new computers and this year's style of clothes. When you listen to the advertisement do you ask yourself: "Do I have enough?" Unfortunately, the answer all to often is: "No, I need more." Prosperity gives us the best medical care, clean clothes, inspected foods, freedom to cross borders. Airplanes fly us to a an island for a much needed vacation that will restore our love for a spouse. Is that enough?
Nothing is enough if you live without a personal relationship with Christ. He doesn't ask that we live in poverty, nor does He ask that we not prosper. He only asks if He is enough. Is it enough to wake-up in the morning and say: "Lord, thank you for the warm bed, the comfortable home, a family of love and a job that pays the bills and allows me to give a small part of it back to you." I often wonder if the man in metal sheet house tells God he's thankful for the roof that kept out last nights rain. Who has enough?
I have a list of things I want. It is much longer than the list that Christ has of what I need. Each day I ask: "Is His list enough?" It is as long as I put Him first and am thankful that His grace is sufficient.
I've lived with chronic pain all my life. My writing is often about living a full life with pain. Saved by God's grace in 1993 has opened up my life to the love of a Godly wife and the assurance of a new body when I cross the threshold of eternity. Website: www.hiswords.org
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