OVERFLOWING GENEROSITY, OVERFLOWING LOVE.

YEARS AGO AN ADMIRED PASTOR TOLD OF HIS VISIT TO THE HOLY LANDS, AS I RECALL, HE WAS INVITED INTO THE HOME OF A RABBI. THE RABBI POURED WINE INTO TWO SMALL WINE GLASSES WHICH SAT ON A TRAY. THE RABBI CAREFULLY POURED THE WINE INTO ONE GLASS UNTIL IT OVERFLOWED ONTO THE TRAY. THE OTHER GLASS WAS INTENTIONALLY NOT COMPLETELY FILLED.

THE PASTOR DID NOT DRINK ALCOHOL IN ANY FORM, BUT FELT A RESPECTFUL OBLIGATION. HE DID INQUIRE OF THE RABBI’S ACTION OF POURING THE WINE TO OVERFLOWING IN ONE OF THE GLASSES WHILE NOT FILLING THE OTHER. THE RABBI EXPLAINED HIS CUSTOM. THE GLASS NOT COMPLETELY FILLED WAS FOR THE HOST. THE GLASS THAT OVERFLOWED WAS FOR THE GUEST. THE OVERFLOWING WINE WAS A SYMBOL OF A COMPLETE GIFT. WHEN THE WINE OVERFLOWED, NONE COULD QUESTION THE GIFT BEING SHORTED OR LESS THAN FULL.

GOD’S LOVE IS LIKE THIS. THERE IS NO QUESTION OF GOD’S COMPLETE LOVE. IT OVERFLOWS. NO MATTER WHO WE ARE OR WHAT WE HAVE DONE, GOD GIVES US MORE THAN WE DESERVE. STOP FOR A MINUTE AND THANK GOD FOR HIS OVERFLOWING GENEROSITY….HIS OVERFLOWING LOVE WHICH HE GIVES FREELY AND ABUNDANTLY.

“FOR IF, BY THE TRESPASS OF THE ONE MAN, DEATH REIGNED THROUGH THAT ONE MAN, HOW MUCH MORE WILL THOSE WHO RECEIVE GOD’S ABUNDANT PROVISION OF GRACE AND OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS REIGN IN LIFE THROUGH THE ONE MAN, JESUS CHRIST!” ROMANS 5:17 NIV