February 2, 2017

Read Romans 3:27-31

How much is enough? It takes knowledge and wisdom to answer that question. Most anyone can determine with ease how much is all or none but knowing how much is enough is often difficult. Many times when making a major purchase we become consumed with getting the most bang for our buck but what if we had endless financial resources? Would we have the wisdom to select what meets our needs or would we just buy the most expensive? Seldom are we tempted to boast about what is good enough. Boasting is a means of bolstering approval, gaining acceptance, and grasping for praise. Just being good enough does not do this.

The wisdom to know how much is enough applies to any number of things. How much time is enough time to spend playing in the floor with a toddler? Or talking to a teen soon leaving home? Or listening to grandparents passing down family anecdotes? Or sharing the Gospel? Caring for the sick? Rescuing the helpless? I am certain if it had been up to Noah to select the animals, he would have sunk the ark. Thankfully, like Noah, God puts us to work but He determines the parameters and outcome.

Wisdom and knowledge come from God. Greed, indecisiveness, foolishness, and striving – those come from our flesh. But, Christ says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” There is no boasting in receiving His rest. Living a life in Christ is about resting not striving. Our salvation is in Christ alone by faith alone. The tendency of the flesh is to strive in vain and thereby die in vain. Outside of Christ we are never good enough - Not even in our own estimation.