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What Little You Have Is More Than Enough

October 12, 2016


“If you have ANY encouragement from being united with Christ, if ANY comfort from His love, if ANY fellowship with the Spirit, if ANY tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in Spirit and purpose.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2: 1-4

The emphasis on the “ANY’s” is mine and I think it is very important.  Many times in our faith walk we are challenged to step up in various situations and I feel that we need to be there when we are called upon.  However, sometimes we fail to act in the appropriate moment because we fear that we can’t accomplish the task at hand due to our personal shortcomings. For some reason we think that it takes some kind of SuperChristian with super faith and abilities to get the job done.  To me that excuse does not hold water.  Even though the traditional church feeds that lie by supporting the Clergy/Laity division and upholding the need for Professionals in the pulpit and other key roles.

I just love what this passage points out.  In order to make Paul’s joy complete we do not have to have super encouragement, super comfort, super fellowship, or super tenderness or super compassion.  All we have to have is “ANY”!  It does not take a lot of any of these attributes to shine, it just takes SOME.  Because the Holy Spirit always compensates for what we may lack. So next time instead of talking yourself out of acting in The Spirit in any given circumstance please remember that ANY amount of these good attributes is more than enough to get the job done.  We do not need to wait until we are perfect to minister to the needs of others.  God takes whatever we have and makes it more than enough at any given moment in time. Because, as always, it is more about Him than it is about us.

Jesus wants to take our individual abilities and put them to good use.  To accomplish this, most of the time HE will use us in combination with other believers.  We all have individual gifts, but God wants us to work as part of a unit that He calls The Body Of Christ.  To be fully used in this manner we need to be like-minded and share the same love of God, so that HE can make us ONE in Spirit and purpose.  When we can surrender in that way to HIM and one another; that is when AMAZING things can happen!

To fully become one with others in the Body we need to avoid selfishness and stubborn pride. We need to have some true humility and lift up our fellow members of the Body over and above ourselves.  WE need to be involved in each others lives.  If we are truly ONE in Spirit we should never say to each other, “That it is none of your business.”  We should instead welcome mutual accountability with one another and desire the prayerful input of our peers into our lives.

In closing Jesus equips us well with various gifts and we should always welcome the opportunity to share the Truth in Love with others, even when we feel less than adequate.  We need also remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and that there is power when we surrender to one another in the Body of Christ.  I have found over many years that I need connection to the Body of Christ and that when I choose to accept and walk in that, I experience Jesus to an even greater degree than when I choose to walk alone.

Love and ….

Kirk Out !












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  1. Jonathan Lindvall permalink

    Good word. Jesus does ask us to contribute the minute bit we already have, but in His hands our tiny five loaves and two fish feed multitudes. My miniscule encouragement, comfort, fellowship with the Spirit, tenderness, and compassion truly are “more than enough” when offered humbly to Him. Thanks for this encouragement.

    • Jonathan, thank you for your affirmation of the truth in love. In His hands our lives affect others in very positive ways.

  2. Sue heumann permalink

    Ditto, Jonathan!! Thank you, Christopher, good word to begin my day.

  3. Clark Wade permalink

    One of my favorite passages Kirk regarding the assembling together of the saints. I really appreciate your comments on this…not something I thought of in all my reading and quoting of Philippians 2:1-2. “If ANY…” I think a more correct translation of that passage refers to the comfort we find from being “in” Christ. Paul spilt reams of ink teaching the body the extreme privilege that is ours in being placed “in” Christ, in the Son. “It is of God that you are IN Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (i Cor. 1:30).

    Just go through his letters and note every time he mentions this precious “in Christ.” If the Philippian assembly was paying attention, and appropriating this heavenly truth, I’m sure that that was a meeting filled with love, light and glory.

    In Christ, His own righteousness, holiness, and redemption is mine because Christ is mine and I am His.

    Even now, I find myself wanting to share the comfort, security, wonder, and gladness I have from being “in” Christ. That old “flesh” is still in me, and hasn’t improved a whit over the 50 years that I’ve walked with Christ. But while the flesh is “in” me, God has placed me “in” His Son.

    • I hear you Clark! After all “Christ in us, is the hope of glory” Every other good thing flows out of that relationship. Christ in you and Christ in me…nothing greater than that in this life.

  4. Mercy fulgencio permalink

    Self denial at all cost …

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