This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “more.”
As I reflect on the FMF prompt word today, the first thing that comes to mind is a scene from a musical:
It strikes me that sometimes we can approach God in the same way Oliver approaches Mr Bumble: hesitant and fearful, worried about the reaction that we’ll be met with if we dare to ask for more.
We’re taught the value of contentment, and of course that’s important, but I think sometimes we can settle for the status quo when God is longing to give us more.
It depends on what we’re asking for more of. He won’t always grant our requests for more money, more success, or more of an easy life, but we can still be honest with him about our hopes and desires.
I think it gladdens his heart though when we come seeking more of him – more of his love, more of his truth, more of his character, more of his work in our lives.
As I reflected in a previous Five Minute Friday post, almost two years ago, when what we are seeking more of is God:
“The desire for more is not a lack of gratitude, but a refusal to settle for less than the “life in all its fullness” that Jesus came to give.”
God is not a miserly Mr Bumble, doling out measly portions of gruel. He is a generous God who loves to give in abundance, and lavish blessings on his children.
Here are just a few verses that point to that (and there are many more!):
“The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT)
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” (Philippians 1:9 NLT)
“As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:15 NLT)
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
So let’s approach boldly, with confidence that he is a good God who longs to bless us, believing that he delights in hearing the words:
“Please, Lord, I want some more.”