More than enough to go around

People of differing political views may have strong opinions about wealth, resources, and equitable systems in general, but one thing all these views have in common is the sense that there simply isn’t enough to go around. Some believe that if you work hard enough, you’ll have all you need. Others see a system that is simply stacked against them no matter what. But again, the underlying concept is that there is a limited pool of resources, and either everyone will get a little, or some will get a lot and others will get none—whether it’s employment, housing, food, or ability. This heavy cloud of limitation dims the view and burdens the outlook of many people around the world.

Consider, though, an evocative promise given in the biblical book of Malachi: “Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing” (3:10, Revised Standard Version). What an image! Coming to God, bringing to Him both our need and our supply, and feeling His complete provision like a waterfall of blessings. Here also is an invitation to consider that we ourselves are a blessing to others, poured out as God’s gifts to the world.

This is the heaven—the kingdom of God—that the patriarchs and matriarchs glimpsed, that prophets prophesied, and that Christ Jesus came proclaiming through his gospel. From the Israelites fed with manna and quail in the wilderness, to the widow in Zarephath who was able to sustain her household and Elijah through unfailing supply, to Jesus feeding multitudes, we have vivid examples of how the infinitude of heaven includes plenty for all.

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