HALF MEASURES

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Jesus does nothing by half measures for His children. Those simple words seem to be stuck in my head at the moment. Any good blogger would tell you not to reveal the purpose of your post in the very first sentence you write, but that rule seems to have just gone out the window for this post.

And I’m perfectly ok with that, because there’s so much more to that phrase than I think we realize.

Think about this with me for a moment… Jesus was not content until He had given us all that He had. He isn’t satisfied unless He is in constant communion with those He loves.

Such a surprising mystery of grace that many of us cannot begin to comprehend.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The limitless fullness of His all-sufficiency is as free to the believer as the air he breathes.’’

Here’s the thing, as Christians, we all know that we are called to imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). So, if we actually believe that, then we should do nothing in half measures for God. We shouldn’t want to do that because that’s simply not what He does for us.

However, that’s exactly what I think many of us are doing right now. We’re choosing to give Jesus “sections” of our lives.

But you see, Jesus isn’t interested in being any place in your life except first.

Now, you may be thinking, “Lilly, I just don’t feel that blessed, loved, or genuinely cared for by God right now. Why would I want to make Him first in my life?”

Well, I know this might be hard to hear, but it’s something the Lord has convicted me on many times…

Perhaps it’s because you’re too busy to be blessed?

2 Thessalonians 1:12 says, “If your life honors the name of Jesus, He will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving Himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving Himself freely.”

There should be this natural reaction that just comes out of us when we experience the grace and passionate love of Jesus. That “natural reaction” should be that we just can’t help but give everything we have, and all that we are, and lay it down for Him to use in full measure.

Listen y’all, Jesus modeled how this thing should look, perfectly, when He died for our sins. Death is love. There’s not a way to have love without death.

Here’s my point in all of this: If we really love Jesus, then we have to let the worldly stuff, that we hold on to so tightly, go. We shouldn’t want anything more than for all of that stuff to die, if it was something that was coming between us and our relationship with Christ. The One who refused to give Himself to us in half measures.

If we are but willing to do that, then I truly believe that we will joyfully get to partake of the fullness of Christ. It’s guaranteed to those who are willing and obedient and give their everything. Whatever that looks like in their lives.

It’s a fullness without measure.

Now, Christian, is your devotion to your Savior without measure today?

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  (1 Peter 1:13)

SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What’s your “natural reaction” to the Gospel?

= Does Jesus have your “everything”?

= What are you going to do differently?