Monday, October 12, 2009

A Few Pennies More

A Few Pennies More
By Judy Vandiver
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35 NIV)

I walked up to the sales counter with my purchase—a medium size bottle of perfume. The sales girl scanned the bar code on the brightly colored box. “Did you know we are having a sale?” she asked. For just a few pennies more you can buy the large bottle of perfume?”

She showed me the sale bottle and told me that the cost. It  was only five cents more than the bottle I had chosen, but the size was almost double. Of course, I ended up buying the larger bottle.

Can you imagine someone refusing to spend a few more pennies to get almost double the perfume?

God reminded me that sometimes in my Christian walk, I  have refused a good deal. I choose to have a  medium quality day, when I could spend a few extra minutes—just a few pennies more—with Him. Those extra moments can enhance my spiritual walk, give me a fuller, richer version than the mediocre walk. What a bargain and what a deal.

Christ said He came that we might have life in abundance. This doesn’t mean a longer life, but a life that is rich and full versus one that is commonplace, small, or lean.

Although Christ has already paid for us to have such a life and it is free for our taking, we still must give up something to receive it. We must give up ourselves and our will.  As Christian, we sometimes tell God we’ve given him ourselves, but we hold back some of our heart, our time, our talents, or our resources.

I urge you to give a little more today in your prayer or devotional time. Give more today of your talents. The return on your investment is phenomenal .

Spend a few pennies more today on your spiritual self.

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Father, I thank you for giving me examples from everyday life to illustrate lessons you want me to learn. Help me realize the value in spending time with you. Show me areas that I have not completely turned over to you. Teach me about the abundance of your love and grace, that I might experience in my life all that you desire for me. Amen

  A Few Pennies More ©2001 Judy Vandiver

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