There Has Got to Be More
When we think about the miracles of Jesus, we think we know all about them. We've read them and had them read to us many times, but God says there's more. There's always more. Maybe we expect there not to be more, but He does far more and does it abundantly. He does so much in us and for us. Eph. 20:21 says God has invited us to participate and enjoy what He has available for us. When you are a child and you have a birthday party, you look forward to opening your presents. You pick out the biggest, best wrapped gift to open first. There is a flurry of excitement as you open the gift. You look inside and make sure you have found everything that is in the box. We do this even as we have birthdays later on in life. We like to make sure there's nothing more left in the gift box.
The prophet Isaiah, 2700 years ago, in Isaiah chapter 48, tells us that God's people had become complacent. They were enjoying their peace and their comfortable lives in Babylon. In Luke 6 Jesus said to the people, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don't do what I say." God called them for the sake of the world. There are new things now. The people were forfeiting their progress. They are saying, "Look at all I've accomplished!" They weren't saying look what God had helped me to accomplish. God won't share His glory with anyone or anything else. Everything comes from God. So are we elevating God or ourselves?
God let's us go through affliction (sometimes things with absolutely NO GOOD REASON for happening), so that we may be refined and honed into the perfection He has in mind for us. We can't take credit for what God has done. He called his people out of captivity in Babylon/Chaldea. What does that have to do with us today? There is more now that Jesus has come. God wants us to bring the world to Jesus. Jesus told His disciples to declare it to the ends of the world. He said they would be His voice after He is gone. Even the demons said that Jesus was the Son of God. When Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of God." In Mat. 16:18, Jesus told Peter that He would build His church on Peter.
God has called us to be high in offense rather than in defense as we strive to bring others to know Christ. We can storm the devil with the best offense. The church is losing ground. Orlando is the 9th most "unchurched" city in the nation. Why are we struggling to increase God's people? God shapes us and refines us for His best interest. We become more comfortable where we are. Our calling isn't about OUR comfort. God empowers us to do greater things. We can't underestimate what God can do in us and through us. Eph. 3:20-21 says "You who can do so much more." It's in us to do for God's glory. See how much more there is in you.