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The Grace Project

Infinite Supply

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One of the many things that I find troublesome about modern day Christianity is that we have mortgaged our hope on a better tomorrow. I think that's why our eschatology often feels a bit more like escapology; It'll be alright in the end; Heaven then but hell now!  Yet Scripture asserts that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 don't miss that point about 'a tree of life' it always comes down the two trees. 
 
As I read Scripture through the single-eye of faith rather than through the lens of the double-vision of religion, my sense is that God wants us to live in abundance in the eternal present.  This present moment is a realm outside of time.  Neither in the past or in the future but in an eternal "IS" so to speak.  In that out-of-khronos-ness (time and space bound existence) we live in the I AM of God and whether in sickness or in health, in plenty or in want because we don't draw our sense of self-worth from our circumstances we see the beauty and the God-meant-it-for-good fullness of all that is.  In that undisturbed state of contentment we not only know that Christ is in all (a vexing thought to Christians) but that He is all and is all there IS.   
 
In the "IS-ness of God "Forgetting what lies behind us" and "Not worrying about tomorrow" we have everything that pertains to a life of godliness.  That is the grace-space.   Tell me what as you see yourself in the grace-space do you lack at this precise moment?  Don't we have all that we need now for now?  
 

The powerful mystery contained in the story of the feeding of the 5,000 was the same mystery hidden in the manna in the wilderness where the people were instructed to take only what they needed for the moment, the present.  Like the woman of noble character they need have no fear for the future because as Jeremiah put it, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)  Yet because of our double-mindedness, great is our faithlessness.   The fear that afflicted Adam after the Fall birthed in him a deep-seated mistrust such that he perceived that God was capable of being both good and evil (as indeed does every religious mind, but God is Love and love thinks no evil) so because the double-minded man is unstable in all his self-preserving ways,  fear makes us want to hoard.  The threat that we might be forgotten or that He might not provide for us, drives us from the abundant IS into the "What if ?" scarcity of a fear-filled future.  However, there is no lack in God…  In God we never go-without when we learn to look within and discover  in Him we have what Norman Grubb called our "Infinite supply."  

 
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