“You are not of the world…I chose you out of this world…My kingdom is not of this realm…” (John 18:36)
|In our everyday walk with God, I think it’s easy to fall into a trap of fearing that God is either stingy, or that He will run out of whatever resource we need. God states, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills”(Psa. 50:10) and we think to ourselves, gosh, I hope I don’t need the cattle on a thousand-and-one hills….then what?Our natural world bombards us with constant “not enough” thinking – in this world there’s just not enough….fresh water…employment opportunity…moral character…family time…fill in your own blank, and you quickly find a chorus of people to agree with you.
And yet, our God is not a “God of not enough.”
And according to Jesus, we are not a people “of this world.” Jesus said, “…you are not of the world…I chose you out of this world…My kingdom is not of this realm….” (John 18:36) As Kingdom residents, we must move beyond our grid of this conditioning, we need to really concentrate, narrow our vision based on His Truth and focus in on Him as being limitless in resource, and generous in nature.
After Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink of well water in John 4:9, The Message chronicles Jesus’ conversation in this way: “Jesus answered, ‘If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water. The woman said, ‘Sir, you don’t have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water?’…Jesus said, “…Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
Do we know, really comprehend, both “the generosity of God” and Who He is, living in us, the Jesus who is “the same yesterday and today and forever”? (Heb. 13:8) Jesus, open our spiritual eyes….Selah!