There Is More To Life
Hold On! There is More to Life. Sometimes when you follow Jesus or aspire to, you may find yourself in places you don’t necessarily want to be. God still rebukes and disciplines those who he loves.
John 20: Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.
Just like Mary; oftentimes we return to what we have lost. She didn’t expect the stone to be moved. Often what you lost; he wants to reveal he is doing more. If you think what you lost was the end, you are missing the more. If you go back, you will see that God is up to something!
2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
When God is up to something we often assume the contrary; but God has more stuff that he wants to do in your life.
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
If we are not careful, what we don’t understand may misconstrue what God is doing.
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
Mary sees MORE to life. The guys saw linens when they looked in; Mary saw Angels. The difference between people who get more out of life, and those who don’t are the ones who can SEE.
People start thinking you’re crazy when God has more for you. God has More for you but it requires you to see something you didn’t see first.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
There is more to you even when you can’t see Jesus. Your inadequacies of seeing Jesus does not neglect the fact that he is there for you. Even when you don’t understand, Jesus will show up for you.
If you want more, you better unpack what you lost. Jesus isn’t interested in changing your season until he changes you in your season.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus is gone, but Mary does not give up.
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
If you want more he always reminds you of who you are. When you’ve experienced loss, his first solution is reminding you of your name. We have to listen more to what He says about us and not what others say about you. People have a weird way of defining you by what you do, or have done.
More to life requires a 180; that you respond to what you are hearing. We are where we are by what we turn to; and what we turn to is based on who is calling our name.
Most of us want instruction on what he wants us to do, but he won’t give us instruction unless we understand our identity. Then you will be empowered; and the empowerment leads to More.
Go to what you lost, assign value to it, and will gain more.