Words: Half-Full or Half-Empty
I have to admit that I used to be a half-empty kind of person. I really never liked that. Why look at life like it is half-empty? Actually, it’s pretty normal to see life half-empty. There is only so much land to go around; once it’s gone, you have to wait for someone to sell some. There are only 24 hours in a day; once it’s gone, you have to start a new day and the old day can never be relived. There is only so much money a person normally makes each month; once it’s gone, you have to wait for the next month, because only the government can print more money.
Then I realized that is really dumb, because if something is only half gone, there is still half of it still there that can be enjoyed! That seems like a much better approach to life!
Okay, let’s change perspective and see how God will stretch out the use of that blessing… Oh, what does it mean that God might stretch it out? Sure, God can grace us out to use what is available to multiply blessings in incredible ways in His way, in His timing and in His blessing.
Jesus said well that He didn’t want us to live like paupers. He said, “I have come that they may have life and they may have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10b) Jesus doesn’t want us to live a half-empty OR a half-full life – He wants us to live a more abundantlife! The problem is we too often look at the material side of life as the measure of abundance. We look at how much property we have, money we stash, cars we drive, clothes we wear, places we go, or things we own. Those are so mundane, common, ordinary and routine.
Jesus wants us to look at life from His perspective. Let us consider several abundant aspects of God’s blessing. First, consider the grace that abounds to the believer, because of the death of the Lord Jesus,
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 5:19-21)
Grace abounds to the believer who was condemned, but is set free from the penalty and power of sin! Is there something on earth worth that?!?
Secondly, consider the hope that abounds to the believer. The writer to the Hebrews records,
16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.
17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
20where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 6:16-20)
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13)
What is more valuable in dismal times and tribulation? Hope! God gives us abounding hope!
Thirdly, consider the Lord’s intercessory work on your behalf! The writer to the Hebrews states, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25) He not only saves to the uttermost from reaches of condemnation, He continues to make intercession! What on earth could be more valuable than having the Lord Jesus Christ make intercession for you?!?
Fourthly, consider the abundant entrance that every believer will have into the everlasting kingdom of Jesus,
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 1:8-11)
What on earth is more valuable that an abundant entrance into the Lord’s kingdom?!?
Fifthly, consider His abundant mercy given to every believer at the moment of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Pet. 1:3)
All of us need that mercy.
Sixthly, Jesus Christ enables us overwhelmingly to conquer sin and trials in life as we trust Him. Paul writes, that we are more than conquerors, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37) Who doesn’t want that kind of success?
And seventhly, He is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we can think, let alone do, if we trust in Him. Read what Paul writes,
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
God is infinite, so our finite minds are not able to comprehend what God is able to do if we just trust in Him.
“Is it half-empty or half-full?” is not the question. The question is “Will you trust God’s abundance and enjoy His presence”?