Essence of the abundant life

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath” (Matthew 13:12, ASV).

Need something done? Find a busy person.

That’s the old saying, one that Paul would call “faithful.”

Tom Holland once wrote (and I’m not getting out the book, but I’m pretty sure it was The Preacher and His Work, but I’ll get it close enough) that a person who says, “I never have enough time,” is actually saying, “I am a poor manager of time.” Oh, how that statement stings with truth!

The management of time is no different than the management of the spiritual blessings and opportunities with which God endows his children.

Jesus said, “whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance.”

Hath what?

Back up just a couple verses, and you’ll find out: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:9).

Then, what are ears to hear? This is simply a euphemism for submission to God’s will. Whoever is humble and submissive to God’s will (hears and does it), will receive abundant blessings, and greater opportunities.

Which naturally means the contrary is true: whoever is not humble and submissive to the will of God (“whosoever hath not”), his blessings and opportunities will be removed (“from him shall be taken away even that which he hath”).

To me, that’s just downright scary. I don’t want God to ever withhold blessings from me because I mismanage the ones he’s already given me. But if I do, he will.

God is looking for busy people – better yet, faithful people, hearers and doers, so he can bless them abundantly, and give them even more to accomplish (see: Malachi 3:10).

But God is not wasteful. He will not waste blessings and opportunities on those who will not value and utilize them properly.

God help us to be about his business!

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Rick began preaching in Wallace, WV (1999-2002), worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004), and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004). He served the church in Prestonsburg, KY from 2004-2014, and is currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). He also serves on the resource staff for the Warren Christian Apologetics Center (WCAC), a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to "setting forth evidence for the existence of God, the divine origin of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus Christ." Outside of his biblical studies, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, their six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah), a sweet Golden Retriever (Max), an energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses). He also specializes in boring people with his guitar (he's also been known to do this with his sermons), prefers Earl Grey (now that he can no longer drink coffee), and studying personal finance.

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