Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-18
I got engrossed recently looking around a major construction site, and especially focusing on the consistency of every one person doing something little again and again, and all that it contributes to the overall building.
We hear Christian fancy words like ‘more’ and shout a big ‘amen’ to it, but it’s important we set the right context to it.
If you think about it, there’s more that you honestly don’t want!
When the food tastes good, you honestly don’t want more salt in it! When your spouse talks enough, you’re really angry with the speaker at the programme saying couples should talk more to each other. When you’ve had enough kids for your parenting capacity, you don’t want more.
I could go on.
And therein lies the big bane of humanity.
We always want more, but we don’t wait to understand the more we really need. Are we merely getting more salt on our meal?
As we come around spending the next few days studying God’s word and desiring more, we must be reminded that our cry for more is not actually more of us- it’s more of God!
It’s a cry for more of His purpose in us and through us- More of His Kingdom! Our cry must be born out of a passion to see God do more!
Our world is so needing of more of God. A broken and hateful world is needing more of the expression of a good and loving God.
Would we put ourselves up for it? Would we hear ‘more’ like heaven says it, not like the world manipulates it?
A cry for more is not for the satisfaction of our appetite. It’s for the fulfilment of divine purpose. Remember the construction worker? How about when we consider that we’re a part of the building of God’s kingdom?
Somewhere in the middle of our reading today, Paul reminds Timothy:
[God] has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began 2 Timothy 1:9 NKJV
God wants your life to fit into His purpose- And God’s purpose is for more!
The other tendency some well-meaning Christians slip into (in a bid to attack the wrong self-based motive for more) is that they start to close out hunger or desire for more.
They aspire to live small, narrow and without audacity, in the hope of at least eventually making heaven someday. But that’s a whole cheat on what God is up to! It’s a cheat on all God wants to do in the earth through us. Our heavenly father wants to involve us, His precious children, in the story of He’s revealing His great love and power to the world.
But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvellous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 1 Peter 2:9 TPT
Stop seeing a burden for more as a thing ambitious Christians slip into. Let God stir in you His heart for the now and the weight of His intentions in the earth and let it spark a strong desire in you: More!
More capacity in me; more vision in my heart; more resource in my hands; more strength to run; more joy in my soul; more love to express; more people to help… more purpose to live!
For Life Group Discussions:
How can I distinguish between a selfish/self-centred desire for more and a God-fueled burden for more in my life, and how can I stay on course with following God’s burden for more?