I Have More Than Enough
| Asha O'Brien-Grudsinskas
We live in a culture that is always striving to have more. More clothes, more cars, more friends, more money, more holidays. Yes, God wants us to live an abundant life but do we really need to buy those new jeans when we already have a full wardrobe or stop at Macca’s on our way home from work to get a snack when we know we have dinner waiting for us? Personally, I am guilty of both of the above. I have enough but am on the lookout for the pair of new black ripped jeans, and the french fries that I think will fill the longing in my heart when in reality I know that only God can do that.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:12-13 ‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’
Paul lets us in on his secret to being content no matter what his life looks like and that’s Jesus. When we sit at Jesus’ feet and renew our strength daily He fills the longings in our hearts and sets us free. Free from fear. Free from guilt. Free from shame. Free from greed. Free from gluttony. Free from self-centeredness. Free from the consumer culture we live in.
Hebrews 13:5 says “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.”
Money and consumer goods are not the problem. The problem is when we turn these things into idols. If God asked you not to buy any clothes for three months or give away your car, would you? Do you find your value from the things you own or the number on your bank statement? Is purchasing the latest gaming console or designer bag your main source of joy and fulfilment?
Dear friend, will having more stuff improve your life or clutter it? Will it be beneficial or will it draw you away and distract from what is truly important? A new pair of sneakers might bring you a moment of happiness but it will not give you everlasting joy or satisfy the craving in your heart that is for God alone. God, the creator of the universe has said that He will never leave or forsake YOU! He is wild for YOU! His grace is sufficient for YOU! When earthly things fade away He will remain. Let your soul rest in the truth that with Him you have more than enough.