{June 13, 2021}






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THE JOURNEY

Ready For More Life

By Sarah Hahs

Having twins was my crash-course in being ready for more. I was not prepared for two. I had spent months, years really, preparing for one baby. Not two. Two babies meant more cribs, more strollers, more clothes, more diapers, more room in a new car because the old one didn’t seat everyone. More everything. And it didn’t feel like the promise of God that is talked about in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (ESV) This didn’t feel like abundance it felt overwhelming. Please don’t misunderstand, I love my tiny people. I am so incredibly grateful for the humans God has given me. But going from 2 kids to 4 kids in a year was bananas. I still experience that catch in my stomach when I hear the word “more.”

This series Ready For More…can be uncomfortable, because the word “more” creates images for all of us, of busy schedules and chaotic errand running. It makes me feel like I don’t already have enough. That I somehow need more. But the Passion translation unlocked something for me today. “I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect — life in its fullness until you overflow!”

Overflow means to exceed its limits. To take something I already have and make it more. It doesn’t mean I need to constantly create new things, or schedule new calendar items, or buy more stuff. God wants to take all of the amazing I already have and experience in my life and exceed its limits. It’s lavish, and extravagant how much God’s wants for your life. But it’s exactly what the verse goes on to say, “more than you expect.”  I would never be able to dream the ways God has blessed my life. My imagination is limited. But we have a God who is limitless in His plans for us. He wants us to experience our lives with fullness. And what feels extravagant to me is that I don’t have to do anything for it. I simply “dwell” or move into a life with Jesus and the goodness of that life becomes an overflow to all of the other places I dwell. My relationships, my work, my purpose, my calling. 

I don’t have to do anything for it. God has already promised it to me. I’m living in that promise today. That I have been given and will continue to be given abundance to the point that it is overflowing. I just need to choose to dwell in that promise this week. So that I may remember to not strive for it, and to be eternally grateful.

 

{sunday 6.13.21}

Read John 10:10 NIV, TPT, MSG

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read John 10:10 in three translations. Which one helps you see Jesus’ promise and invitation more clearly? How can you choose to live life to the full (like Jesus has iin mind) this week?

 

{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

Jesus, help me move from wading in the shallow waters of life and receive your gift of life to the full. Help me imagine what that can be, and help me move toward living that full life in each and every moment this week. Amen.

 

{bible reading plan}

By Allison Antrim

{monday 6.14.21}

Read Genesis 31:1-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jacob had done everything Laban asked of him, yet at this point in his story, Jacob sensed that “Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been” (v. 2). God confirms this by commanding Jacob to leave Laban’s lands and return home. Jacob leaves Laban much more prosperous than he was when he arrived so many years earlier, despite Laban’s efforts to thwart him. It is clear that God protected Jacob and provided for him, taking Laban’s plans to keep Jacob down and turning them toward Jacob’s good. Have you found yourself being taken advantage of by someone else? How can you trust God to take care of you in that?

{tuesday 6.15.21}

Read Genesis 31:22-42

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Three days after Jacob, Leah, Rachel, and all of their household leave, Laban sets off in pursuit of them. Interestingly, God tells Laban to “be careful not to say anything to Jacob, good or bad.” Laban doesn’t seem to take God’s command seriously, instead complaining to Jacob about leaving and accusing him of stealing his household gods (which Rachel had actually stolen). After searching and searching for the household gods and being totally fooled by Rachel’s sneakiness, Laban finds himself in front of Jacob and being held accountable for all he had done to Jacob over the past several years. God vindicates Jacob in Laban’s eyes, because now Laban sees how God has taken care of Jacob despite all of Laban’s efforts to keep him down. Where in your life can you let God advocate for you rather than advocating for yourself?

{wednesday 6.16.21}

Read Genesis 31:43-32:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Jacob and Laban make peace by making a covenant between themselves. Setting up a heap of stones, they each give it a name in their own language that means the same thing: “watchtower.” The heap of stones becomes a boundary line, a reminder for each man not to pass by it to bring harm toward the other. It’s also a symbol of Laban’s love for his daughters, as he reminds Jacob not to treat them poorly, as God is the witness between them. Think about an important relationship in your life. What does it look like for God to be the witness between the two of you? 

{thursday 6.17.21}

Read Genesis 32:3-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: After parting from his father-in-law Laban, Jacob finds himself coming nearer to the land of his brother Esau. They haven’t seen one another since Jacob stole Esau’s firstborn blessing back in chapter 27. When Jacon learns that Esau is coming to meet him, he uses his shrewdness and wisdom as best as he can by dividing his people and animals into two groups and sending many gifts of livestock ahead of them to Esau. But Jacob still prays and reminds God of God’s declaration of blessing over him, asking the Lord to save him from Esau’s hand. Have you ever had a time in your life in which you had to be shrewd and wise, but ultimately, it was God who you needed most to intervene on your behalf? How can you trust Him this week?

{friday 6.18.21}

Read Genesis 32:22-32

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This is one of those Bible stories that is so weird and so beautiful, it forces me to reread it multiple times. Jacob is left alone after sending his family and all of his possessions ahead of him, when he meets another man and wrestles with him until dawn. It is striking that when the man tells Jacob to let him go, Jacob says, “I will not let you go until you bless me” (v. 26). Jacob knows this is no mere mortal he is wrestling – this is God Himself. And God does indeed bless him. Do you seek God’s blessing with the same persistence and tenacity that Jacob did in his wrestling match? What might happen in your life if you did?

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get the free YouVersion Bible for your phone, tablet, or computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

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Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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