We live and work in a world that increasingly tells us to do more. If you only tried harder, worked longer, prepared more, then you will get what you desire and you will be happy. You will be complete.
But we know that isn’t true. Although there is nothing wrong with trying your best, the scriptures teach us that we must learn to depend on Jesus. He is the source of all goodness, rest, and satisfaction. Indeed, Jesus Himself says: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest in your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Earlier on in Matthew, Jesus also reminds us from Deuteronomy that “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”
It is so easy to be tempted to believe that we can do it all, but we can’t and thankfully don’t have to! The more we trust in God, the more we realise that He is in control and is all we need. He is a good Father who provides for His children. And He can take the little we have and multiply it beyond our imagination.
There is so much we could say about putting faith in Christ and about Less is More – far beyond what is in this short devotional. But we hope that the passages selected will help you realize that God is our MORE and the ultimate source of Justice, Compassion, Love, Faith, and Generosity.
As you begin this 5-week journey, we couldn’t help think of the passage where Jesus tells us to abide: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5