That is not just enough, that is more then enough!

Listening to many Christians talk, you would think that God is the God of just enough. Just enough for your basic needs, just enough to pay the rent, just enough with nothing left over. It is almost as if John 10:10 says “I have come to give you a meager existence that not many people are going to be attracted to”. What John 10:10 actually says though is,  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it have it more abundantly. The Amplified Bible’s translation says, I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” – that is not just enough, that is more than enough!

That is not merely just enough, that is way more than enough.

King Solomon is a great example of the God of more than enough. 1 Kings 10:14 in The Living Bible says, “Each year Solomon received gold worth a quarter of a billion dollars”. That is not merely just enough, that is way more than enough – that is abundance. It is firmly in the category of excess. 1 Kings 10 is full of examples of God’s abundance and excess. Look at verses 21-25 (also from The Living Bible):

All of King Solomon’s cups were of solid gold, and in the Hall of the Forest of Lebanon his entire dining service was made of solid gold. (Silver wasn’t used because it wasn’t considered to be of much value!) King Solomon’s merchant fleet was in partnership with King Hiram’s, and once every three years a great load of gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks arrived at the Israeli ports. So King Solomon was richer and wiser than all the kings of the earth. Great men from many lands came to interview him and listen to his God-given wisdom. They brought him annual tribute of silver and gold dishes, beautiful cloth, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules.

God is no respecter of persons.

Verse 27 gives the reason that silver wasn’t considered to be of much value: “Silver was as common as stones in Jerusalem in those days”. King Solomon was a living example of Proverbs 10:22 (which he wrote), “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” and we too should be living examples of this verse, because God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). I know many Christians don’t see God as a God of abundance, so here are some more Bible verses that speak of God’s abundance:

  • You You prepare a tableserve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing”. Psalm 23:5, The Message
  • They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house. You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures”. Psalm 36:8, World English Bible
  • You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance”. Psalm 65:11, New Living Translation
  • We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance”. Psalm 66:12, New Living Translation
  • If you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over”. Luke 6:38, The Living Bible

The idea that in order to be humble, we need to live in poverty and lack is a lie that has plagued the Church for centuries. It is time that we learned the truth and start expecting our lives to be full of abundance.

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