"It's time to trade in the ordinary life for an eternal journey that never ceases to overwhelm and amaze." - From the book, Immeasurably More
The Immeasurably More Life is incredible! It is a life filled with experiencing all God has for you. In it's basic sense, it is simply a life lived for the glory of God, and it happens every day as people refuse to settle for the blandness of this world and embrace the life God has for them. It is not easy. But, the best things in life, outside of salvation, never are. It is not an easy life, but it is a full life. Full of wonder, awe and the overwhelming presence of God, himself. It is truly immeasurably more.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." This is what God wants to do in our lives - "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine." Think about that - more than you can even imagine. That is our God! However, the sad truth is that so many people settle for so little when God wants to do so much more.
As I survey the landscape of our culture, I believe it is made up of two groups of people - spectators and participants. And, most people are spectators. 60,000 people will crowd into a stadium to watch 22 college students play football. 12 million people will watch 21 contestants on America's Got Talent. A billion people will watch a few thousand athletes compete in the Olympic Games. What happens is that this mentality carries over into our spiritual life. Many people sit back and watch while only a few really live it out. But, God wants all of us to be participants and not just spectators. God wants to do immeasurably more in all our lives. God created us to follow his will and to make an impact for his glory!
Here's the fact - God is not finished with any of us yet. There is still breath in our lungs for a reason. God is writing a greater story, and He is drawing us off the sidelines and into the game. Will there be challenges? Oh, yes! But, that's where you learn to depend on God and grow deeper in your faith. You are so much more alive when you are in struggle than when you are simply watching. God created you for immeasurably more.
I love seeing people get it and live it! I love serving alongside and celebrating with people as they trade the comfortable seat in the stands for the eternity-impacting life God has created for them. I hear it in stories as men share about what Christ is doing in their life, family, church and workplaces. I read about it in a letter from a high school student as he affirms his faith in Christ and his desire to live for Him all his days. I see it overflow from an email I recently received from a woman in her 60's who wants to be baptized in the Jordan River on our upcoming Biblical Study Tour in Israel. She writes:
"I too know that Im already his.. but baptism as an adult of my age would mean so much more. At 9 years old I had no idea how much I was going to need His redemption. My very worst sinning came long after I was baptized! The humbling impact of His victories over those sins and my death has new meaning the older I get. I'd love to be in line at the Jordan to be re-claimed even though his ownership of me is certain. I want more of him! A fresh start and a new pair of running shoes for the work ahead would be an amazing and humbling experience!"
I love this, "a new pair of running shoes for the work ahead." That's it - Immeasurably More! It is waking up every day and saying, "God, what are you going to do today? Open my eyes to what you are doing!" It is believing that the best is yet to be. It is knowing a God who is greater than all the challenges you will ever face - and far more worth it! It is putting Christ first, and endeavoring to live each minute of our lives for his name and his glory! It is running across the finish line - whenever that may be - and into the arms of a Savior who loves you and who is inviting you to experience so much more! It is hearing Jesus say, "Well done, My good and faithful servant." And, with arms extended in praise and glory to God knowing that you got it and you lived it. This is immeasurably more!
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