Living Waters: Path to Total Sufficiency.
Text: John 10:10b
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10b (NKJV) I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Sufficiency is when we have a rich and satisfying life. It does not mean we have all what we dream but that we have all that God purposed for us and we are living in the fullness of it. It also means we do not lack anything (Psalm 23:1b I shall not want.). Having total sufficiency means we have all what we need in abundance, we do not lack any good thing. This abundance stems from the life that Jesus Christ came to give us as seen in John 10:10b.
Sufficiency or abundance is the opposite of lack. At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, the party ran out of wine, that is it lacked wine but the moment Jesus stepped into the situation, what was lacking became abundant. The world has been through a lot of upheavals and many have lost health, jobs, business, careers and most especially loved ones. Most of these losses can only be made good if we experience the sufficiency of the One who is called the All-Sufficient God.
Our sufficiency would manifest if we:
Have faith: The faith the widow had in Elisha was what made her approach him to rescue her from the sea of debts. By the time the man of God, Elisha, finished with her, she became an oil merchant, was debt-free and had enough to live on. 2 Kings 4:1-7.
Obey: The widow of Zarephath had just a handful of flour and a little jar of oil for her and her son as their last meal. Upon obeying Elijah to prepare a meal for him first, he pronounced that both shall not go empty and in the period of the famine she and her household had more than enough to eat. 1 Kings 17:10- 16
We need sufficiency to prosper in our health, finances, material possession, academics, intellect and business and to fulfil destiny. God is our El-Shaddai; that means He has everything. Scriptures abound that tell of the splendour of God. He has made this splendour available for us through the abundance of His love that He displayed when He gave Christ to die for us (John 3:16). On our part, we should not let this great sacrifice be in vain through our lack of faith or disobedience. We should accept Jesus into our hearts and lives in order to be partakers of the sufficiency that comes from Him.
- Father, give me the grace to depend on you at all times for all things.
- Almighty God, please make me a recipient of Your Sufficiency in the name of Jesus.
- Father, please let my life reflect your Sufficiency and abundance in Jesus name.
- Lord, let me be a channel of abundance to others.