Fullness in scarcity…
April 24th, 2019
Can’t survive without a smartphone? Need that cup of fresh coffee in the morning to get you started? The day is not complete without…(fill in the blank)!
We constantly lose perspective of what is essential to our existence. Some will argue that this is nothing more than exaggeration to make an obvious point. But sadly, it is beyond that. The extreme discomfort that results when thinks we have become accustomed to are suddenly no longer within our grasp.
If this was just something that happened occasionally it would still be problematic, but the syndrome of elevating possession and privilege to a state of necessity is chronic in today’s world.
For the believer the clean slate of salvation provides a beginning point from which we can and should focus on those things which are essential, but few ever do.
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3 (CSB)
“Everything required for life and godliness”, is contained in the divine power of Christ Jesus.
How easy it is to allow desires of the flesh to assume positions reserved for those things that are designated by God to be required.
The easy ones to identify are our physical requirements to sustain life; air to breathe, nourishment for the cells of our bodies to maintain their function, a reasonable level of thermal control to keep from succumbing to exposure.
Add to these the things that God requires.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (CSB)
It’s impossible to please God without faith. The necessity of faith dictates our eternal destination. We are saved by grace through faith. Therefore, we have to have faith to gain grace. Without faith there is no grace. The grace is given freely but to have it we must have faith in Jesus.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (CSB)
Being saved is a necessity too. That faith we talked about in the first bullet requires that it be vested in God’s Son Jesus.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 (CSB)
Repentance is conveniently left out of the paraphrased Gospels being taught in many ‘Christian’ circles. There is a watered-down Gospel being taught that doesn’t require you to change your behavior. Their thinking is that “Grace covers all”, so why give up your worldly interests, Grace has it covered!
This is a lie from the pit of hell.
Transformation is a key element to our salvation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (CSB)
Repentance results from the changed life that comes into play when one accepts Jesus as their savior. The old life passes away and, in its place, Jesus gives us ‘New Life’. That new life is surrendered to the will of Jesus. This new life associates us with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Our love of God and Jesus directly results from this new life.
“If you love me, you will keep my commands.”
John 14:15 (CSB)
The subsequent attributes are many that result from this “New Creation”; love for God, others and even our enemies; forgiveness for the unforgivable; peace; comfort; faithfulness; and so on.
When we focus on the necessities of our existence and those things which God requires of us, then the things that might seem important to us, begin to fade. That internet connection even though it is convenient isn’t a necessity. The electricity flowing throughout homes allows us to live more comfortably, but if it isn’t there, it doesn’t fall to the gravity of a necessity.
Our cars, jobs, status all are secondary to the real needs in our lives, not to mention the many luxury items that we desire to surround ourselves with.
And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (CSB)
That ‘Faith’ component we talked about earlier comes into play here. If we have a full measure of that faith, then we can be assured that God will supply “Everything Necessary” for us in accordance to His riches.
In the Grace of Jesus!