|'Will my cup ever runneth over?'
Many believers, as well a churches, have been abundantly blessed by God, yet some have seen fit to direct
the overflow of the blessing into the service of their own interest and/or their pursuit of building spiritual
monuments(1) ... that God must later pull down. In the outpouring of the great Holy Spirit to come, be not
persuaded that the abundant overflow of blessing into your life is exclusively for your longings and
indulgences ... for God in Luke 16:11, clearly admonishes us that ... "if you are not trustworthy in handling
worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" (e.g., spiritual gifts, heavenly treasure and eternal rewards).
When God gives to us out of His abundant heart it is so we will have 'sufficiency' in our lives as well as
good measure to give to others on His behalf(2). The concept of abundance in John 10:10, literally means
overflowing with excess beyond the present necessity and prevailing need (our need).(3) When God blesses
us abundantly, we should quickly search for a divinely revealed opportunity to meet the need(s) in life of
another ... for in this abundant blessing may surely be His provision to address needs outside and beyond
the petition we presented in our own prayer.
Abundance is not an end in itself (though some may seek it as such and certain ministries infer such); rather, it is one
of the means through which God provides (using our blessing overflow) for the needs of those who seek His
face, His kingdom and His righteousness (see Matt. 6:33). For our cup to overflow with God's abundance
we should begin by being faithful in the ways set out in Mal. 3:10, and continue to pray in earnest for the
need sanctioned by the Holy Spirit in the lives of others. God may use each believer in his/her sufficiency
as one of His means for provision ... yea, He is our Jehovah-Jireh (see Gen. 22:14). "The surest evidence that
the Lord's hand of blessing is on you is that others are being blessed through you! (and your life)"(4)
As the prophesied outpouring of the Holy Spirit increases during the last days, guard against falling victim
to the snare identified in James 4:3, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures". Not only the asking and receiving of God's
abundant blessing must be subject to the 'right motives', but the use (e.g., spending)of the His bountiful plenty
must be with the utmost care and regard for His purposes to be fully and completely served. Stewardship
of God's provision, anointing, abundance and power in the life of believers is one of the salient aspects of
the Holy Spirit's ministry. Let us then not be overly scrupulous regarding the level in our own cup, rather
concerning ourselves with the sufficiency God has placed in our charge so that we may bring His blessing
into the lives of others, both spiritually and materially. It is the Lord's cup for others we should be
concerned with and not predominately and our own. "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of
my cup:" (Ps. 16:5). Churches that expend the lion's share of their offerings on their own enhancements and
beautifications, to the likely exclusion of out-crying needs in their communities, are guilty as same!
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1)[Matstsebah - S4676] (2) [see Gen. 33:11] (3) [Thayer's S4053] (4) [D. Wilkerson 5/27/96]