When More is Better

One of my favorite sayings is, “More isn’t always better, sometimes it’s just more.” I love this plain and simple statement because it encapsulates a truth I too often forget. Somehow in our finite minds, especially those of us who have been influenced by Western culture, we have developed a subconscious assumption that more is better.  More money, more success, more resources, more education, more friends, more publicity, more influence, more renown—in our culture these are all seen as better.  And whether we would say it in those words or not, many of us live like this is our ideal as well.

You might be thinking about now, that this blog is about becoming a minimalist, downsizing, or embracing the simple life. (How many of you have seen those shows about tiny houses and been enchanted?)   Those ideals may be worth pursuing in our over-indulged culture, but that isn’t what I’m writing about today.  Actually, I want to focus on the one area where more IS always better. And that is in knowing my God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When we get trapped by the more of everything listed above, we quickly forget that there is a more that is always better. We lose sight of the more that is available in our relationship with Jesus.

Recently I was blown away by two contrasting stories from Moses’s life, told in Exodus 3 and Exodus 33. The first story is how he discovers the burning bush on the backside of the desert. It is not consumed by the flames, and when a voice speaks to him from the bush, saying, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, Moses is undone. His reaction: “He hid his face, afraid to look on God.”  Moses, who had been in hiding for nearly 40 years by this time, was unprepared for more of his God. And the glory of the miracle in front of him overwhelmed him.

Now fast-forward 30 chapters to Moses as a liberator of the people of Israel, who has performed signs and wonders by God’s power, who has taken  the Law of God from Mount Sinai to the people, who has been a leader of the nation through their doubt, complaints and unfaithfulness. Now Moses has had more, much more of God’s presence in his life. Consider his response to God in Exodus 33: “The Lord said to Moses….You have found grace in my sight. And I know you by name.” And Moses said, “Please show me your glorious presence.”  Moses went from hiding his face from the Lord, fearing for his life should he look on God’s glory, to begging God, “Show me your glory!” What made the difference? What had changed for Moses? I think the answer is implied in what God says to Moses right before Moses makes his request. God says, “You have found grace in my sight and I know you by name.” God had pursued Moses, and Moses had responded. He had grown in a relationship with this powerful, sovereign, loving God. And having more of God actually made him hunger for more still.

The love that God has for us. The power he unleashes on our behalf. The compassion and mercy we receive through Jesus Christ. The beauty of being part of building  his Kingdom through the Holy Spirit’s work in us. More of these makes us long for more. Because more of knowing Jesus and living in His love is ALWAYS better. We will never get enough until that moment we experience what Moses asked for and we see “face to face.”

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