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Live Expansively

Live Expansively

15 November 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 3-6

Scripture:

11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 12 We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. 13 I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! (2 Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG)

The Corinthian Christ-followers had gotten so caught up in personality preferences, petty differences, selfish sins, and disagreements over details of doctrine, that they were missing the joy and expansiveness of the life Jesus had given them.

The Corinthians aren’t the only ones that get caught in the “Small-Living Syndrome!” One of the things that makes me most angry – when I find it in me – is pettiness and smallness of spirit. I want to be a man who lives a God-sized, expansive life. It’s not about money or possessions or position or power or recognition. It’s not even about productivity.

It’s an inside job. It’s being bigger on the inside than my world is on the outside. It’s not living irresponsibly and ignoring life’s details and duties, it’s living with a kind of nobility that doesn’t sweat the small stuff.

When I find myself being critical or judgmental of others, or comparing myself with others, an alarm goes off in my spirit and I cry out to God for the grace to re-enter a life of gracious, noble generosity.

Prayer:

Father, I fervently and urgently ask you to help me not to be small on the inside. Help me live a God-sized, expansive life. Forgive me when I allow the seeds of pettiness and smallness to sprout. I purpose to ruthlessly pull up those weeds that try to choke out the joy and purpose of the God-sized life you’ve called me to. Amen.

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