In our world, materialism is rampant. Bigger is better, faster is better, more expensive is better, and newer is better. Jesus agrees… IF the thing we are talking about is the room we give Him in our lives. Our Savior came to us in a manger because there was no room in the inn for Him. I am reminded that it is up to us to offer Him all the room we have. (By the way, can you imagine being the innkeeper who turned down the Savior of the world? Later, how would you feel? ) As followers of Jesus, we never want to deprive Him of room He needs, but sometimes, I think we do deprive Him. We give Him less space than He wants, which is a Supersize portion.
When you go to a fast-food joint, (faster is better), the worker will ask you, “Do you want to supersize that?” or “Would you like a large for just fifty cents more?” They are trained to get the most out of us. They are a business that thrives on our asking for more. Our relationship with Jesus also thrives on us asking for more… of HIM. Our desire needs to be supersized because He is! In Psalms 33:5 ESV, these words spoke of His fullness.
“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”
Full. Full goodness. Full righteousness. Full justice. Anything that Jesus, God or the Holy Spirit does, they do in a big, meaning very full, way. Here’s part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. He wanted them to really grasp the fullness of God.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17b-19
The thing is…we cannot fully comprehend God’s fullness, but we can still ask Him for it, so we serve Him with a full heart. It is a simple but profound concept that He can live in us so that we do things fully for Him. We can be dedicated, consistent and fully loving when He is in our hearts. We fill our stomachs, gas tanks, refrigerators and pantries. Why not keep our hearts full too?
You are so full of awesomeness that our minds can’t think it; our words can’t explain it; our prayers cannot express it and our hearts cannot fathom being so full of You. Please take up as much room as You need so that we may do Your will better, and fuller. All we know is that You are infinite and fullness comes naturally to You. Thank You for making a way that we could live with You in us. We love You so much! Amen
GROWwork: Read Ephesians 3:17-19, but insert “I” where it says, “you.” I just tried it and it reads like a plea for God to fill me with all He can. Why settle for less? Let’s ask for more of Him:)
Love and prayers to all!