22nd September 2019

Having Enough

“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”
Luke 12:22-23 (NIV)

Do you fear not having enough? Is your ever-growing to-do list screaming that you don’t have enough time? Are your bills building a case that you’re not making enough money? Social pressures seem to judge that you don’t have nearly enough stuff. Or maybe the demands of life declare a deeper fear. You are not enough. You’re not enough for your husband or wife. You’re not enough for your son or daughter. You’re not enough for your dad or mum. You’re not enough for your friends, neighbours, country, church—and the list goes on. Let’s face it! You’re not even sure if you are enough for you.

In our fear of not having enough or not being enough, we instinctively tighten our grips on what we do have. Time is guarded in tightly bound daily planners. Money is hidden in locked metal chambers. Possessions are safely secured in offsite storage units. And we barricade our hearts from others lest they demand more than we can give.

If any of this sounds familiar to you Jesus addresses our fears by saying: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Jesus indicates that our real fear lies in believing God is not enough. So he reminds us that his Father is a good and generous giver. Being grasped by this truth releases our grip on all the things we fear are not enough. Instead of our identity being wrapped up in what we have, it is secured in who has us. This is a radical relationship that releases our hearts to live in radical freedom. Jesus goes on to tell us how to respond to this relationship, how to trust in the Father’s generous heart, aligning our heart to his generous kingdom: “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:33-34).

Can you imagine living life this free? It’s God’s good pleasure to give it to you. In fact, he has already, in Jesus Christ. Trusting him will nurture an overflowing relationship you will never get enough of.

Prayer
Holy Father, your care for us is beyond our understanding. We are so limited in our outlook; you have our every need in hand before we know we have the need. Therefore, though we will always have concerns, we have no need for fear. And we thank you, through Jesus Christ.
Amen

Presented by Anthony Mullins
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and Lead Pastor of Grace Communion Hickory in North Carolina. He is also Regional Director of the Southeast Region in the United States as well as the National Coordinator of the Intern, Pastoral Resident, The Orchard and Coaching Programmes for Grace Communion International. Anthony and his wife, Elizabeth live in Hickory, North Carolina.

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