Fresh Hope – 9th January 2019

A couple of months ago, my husband and I went for a fancy high tea at the famous establishment of ‘Fortnum and Mason’ in London.

It was all things wonderful – bottomless pots of varying tea flavours, cascading stands of savoury delights, and detailed sweets – all beautifully presented and unlimited. If you fancied more of one particular treat, you only had to ask the waiter to bring out another roundand another… and another! Oh and did I mention that at the end of it all, you can choose an additional cake from the cake trolley?! My idea of heaven!

Yet in-between waiting for my second serving, I found myself picking at the crumbs on my plate from my first serving. I had as much afternoon tea as I so desired available to me, and yet here I was eating the crumbs on my plate!

Often we have this crumby mentality. We have been given all access to the unlimited goodness of God. The depths and heights to be explored in Him know no bounds. We are called to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8), and yet we settle for what we think we deserve. We settle for the crumbs of life, all the while God invites us to feast!

Why do we settle for crumbs? Because we are willing too! Very few are committed to getting the best. As long as you can live with less than best, you will!

I read recently, ‘You have to have a holy dissatisfaction with mediocrity before you can experience all that God has for you. It doesn’t happen accidentally or automatically. If you don’t pursue it, you won’t get it’.

When Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life and life to the full’ (John 10:10). He wasn’t saying ‘I have come that you may have crumbs’. He wasn’t even saying, ‘I have come that you may have life’. He said that we would not only have life, but also have it in abundance! We wouldn’t just have crumbs, we would feast.

Anything in your life that doesn’t align with the fullness of Jesus and the gospel is quite simply… crumbs. Contend for more!

In the words of Matthew 7:7, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you’.

Emma Burchell

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