Yesterday, I said we have to ask ourselves, “What is enough?” I was talking about things we desire for ourselves. Things like material possessions, relationships, etc. My point was that once you’ve defined what is enough, then you can become more generous.
Today, I’m asking, “What is enough for God?”
This Question Bothers Me
I’ll be straight with you, this is a tough subject for me. The question, “What is enough for God?” bothers me.
In particular, statements like this one from Jesus make me squirm:
When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48 NLT
This verse makes me uneasy and anxious because I know I’ve been given much. I have been blessed with a comfortable lifestyle and I’ve had the opportunity to hear and study God’s Word.
Therefore, it seems much is required of me. That’s unsettling to say the least. I mean how do you know what is enough?
Look at what Jesus told the rich, young ruler:
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:17 ESV
Let’s be candid, regardless of how much you have, it would NOT be easy to sell it all and give away the proceeds. For me, I feel like I’ve worked hard to get what I’ve got. The thought of selling it all, for pennies on the dollar, and then giving that money to the poor is a tough nut to swallow.
BUT, it gets worse!
The rich, young man must have felt about the same as I do because the Bible says he went away full of sorrow. It seems he had an issue parting with ALL his possessions.
Look at how Jesus responds to this:
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:23 NIV
WHAT!?! I’m not “rich” by American standards, but compared to so much of the rest of the world, I clearly have an abundance. So, does Jesus’ statement apply to me? Am I going to have a hard time entering the kingdom of God?
Talk about unsettling. This really makes me anxious.
So, what IS enough for God?
Am I Lukewarm?
I wish I had an answer I could live with. Unfortunately, the harder I dig to answer this question, the more alarming it gets. Take a look at another thing Jesus had to say:
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Revelation 3:15-18 NIV
I want to be generous. I want to please God. I want to copy Jesus. But, what is enough for God? It definitely bothers me to think that I could be lukewarm. What are your thoughts on this?
If you know how to answer this question, please leave a comment to help me understand. It would be greatly appreciated.