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How Much is Enough

Ask God to use you to do for someone else what you would want someone else to do for you.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Philippians 2:7, ” But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, being born in the likeness of men. “

Background

Enough is enough. Too much is not enough. Good enough never is. The local college football coach was fired this weekend, and one of the headlines in the newspaper read, ” Good enough wasn’t good enough. ” It was referring to the level of success that the team had attained in comparison to the heights which many others envisioned the football program should reach. Winning more games than they lost, graduating the players, adhering to the rules, and playing in bowl games were evidences of success, but it wasn’t enough. At least not for some people. The concept of enough is a challenging one to nail down. For each individual, it varies from situation to situation. And so, as other individuals are added to the equation, what constitutes enough can become impossible to agree upon. I scoop the ice cream for my kids at home because we differ in our opinions as to how much is enough.

Application

So when we consider our relationship with Jesus and the lives of the people around us who don’t know Him, how much is enough? How much time is enough to bring someone to faith in Him? How many ministries are enough to address the needs of those who lack? How much money is enough to show people how big and loving our God is? Does my enough equate to your too much? Is my too much still not enough for someone else? I have a hard time believing that one could do too much in the name of Christ. I can’t recall scriptures where God tells us to back off or tone it down or dial it back a bit. For Jesus, what was good enough? Providing a way of salvation to the Jews? Sending someone to help out the Gentiles? Or maybe just loving all of us from His perfect throne in heaven? No, He came Himself, and He came as low as possible. A man for all mankind, a servant to serve the undeserving. Can our eyes be on the One who emptied Himself of all His privileges when we say enough is enough? I think not. Faith in Jesus calls us to more. He’s done enough in me to convince me of that.

Charge

As we seek Him today, search your heart for why you think enough is enough when more is still to be done. Ask God to use you to do for someone else what you would want someone else to do for you.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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