But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
- 1 Corinthians 2.9
The good which our dear God has in store for his saints in his holy dwelling –
there is not, after tracing its secrets, anyone who can relate a hundredth part of it.
- Saltair na Rann, Irish, 9th-10th century
The Christian life is never “as good as it gets.” Never. Say it out loud: “Never as good as it gets!”
God always has more in store for us than we’ve ever known or ever dared to ask or think (Eph. 3.20). There is more of His glory to discover, God revealing to us His weighty presence in beauty, grace, wisdom, and goodness, filling us with unspeakable joy and pleasure.
There is more of His Word to plumb: We can never exhaust the inestimable riches and profound spiritual depths of divine revelation encoded in Scripture. And there is more of Him to discover in His world of creation and culture (Ps. 19.1-4; Prov. 25.2).
More of His Spirit’s transforming power awaits us – to renew our minds, revive our hearts, and shape our wills after the manner of Jesus.
There is more fruit to be borne in us. More gifts for ministry await our embrace. More opportunities for doing good and bearing witness present themselves daily. More of that vision of unseen things that moves us to courageous faith and obedience remains to be discovered and entered. More of the sure increase of Christ’s righteous Kingdom in our lives.
There is more, always more, and we are the losers if we become complacent in the face of this vast, unexplored treasure trove of divine benefits and boon.
This was one of the convictions that drove Celtic Christians so passionately on in peregrinatio (mission) for the Lord Jesus. They believed that Jesus would use their sacrifice, their witness, their long days of labor to lead many souls to salvation. They believed they could change cultures, peoples, and the times in which they lived. They did not think they could ever outstretch God; He would always meet them and provide for their needs, no matter how hard they pushed, how far they roamed, or how fervently they preached the Good News.
Where is that adventuresome, faithful spirit among the followers of Christ today? Too many of us, it seems, have come to regard our experience of Christ as “good enough.” We just don't seem hungry for more than our 1/100 of God’s store for us (if that much).
But there is always more. Jesus intends to fill you and your Personal Mission Field with Himself (Eph. 1.22, 23; Eph. 4.8), and to flow His life and truth into every nook and cranny of your world (Jn. 7.37-39). Is what He intends in line with what you are seeking?
Seek the Lord, and give Him no rest until He begins, through His Word and Spirit, to grant you more of the abundance of His great salvation for every aspect of your life.
Today, set aside a time for an extended season of thanksgiving – 20-30 minutes of nothing but thanking the Lord for His many benefits and blessings. Then, at the end of it, enter a period of silence. Let your soul rest in the presence of the Lord, and listen for a still, small voice responding to your prayers of thanks. You’ll probably sense that voice rather than hear it, but its response to you will be clear:
“You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
Psalm 116.7-14 (Mit Freuden Zart: All Praise to God Who Reigns Above)
Full well the Lord has dealt with me; my soul from death He delivered.
My weeping eyes, my stumbling feet, He has redeemed forever.
Forever I before His face shall walk with those who know His grace,
And dwell with them forever.
Afflicted, I believe His Word, though lying men would undo me.
What shall I render to the Lord for all His blessings to me?
Salvation’s cup I lift above and call upon the God of love
And pay my vows most truly.
Lord, is there more for me than this? If so, grant it to me, Lord, that I may praise and serve You more.
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All Psalms for singing from The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Carey, p. 118.