May 4, 2009

Romans 5:5 In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

How much is enough? I guess that depends what you are talking about. The passage above is from the Message Bible’s version of Paul’s letter to the folks in the church at Rome. He’s been telling them that they can’t do enough to make themselves right with God. That shouldn’t be so strange an idea. Most of us know that we can’t even do enough to make ourselves right with ourselves. Take your pick. We don’t make enough money, can’t lose enough weight, can’t get high enough grades, can’t live in a good enough neighborhood, to feel like our lives are good enough. So some of us try to make up the gap with other things. But then there isn’t enough booze, or enough sex, or enough fun to be enough for long. Yet here Paul says that God is willing to give us enough and more. Remember that Paul’s life was filled with imprisonments, beatings, hardships and conflict. Yet he claims that the reality of God in his life is, and can be in his reader’s lives also, enough and more than enough. In fact, it’s more than we hold. And it is all a gift that we can’t earn but can only accept in humility and gratitude. Why not ask God to show you what this means for you in your own life this week. Enough already!

Don

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