FIRST, WHAT IS ” MUCHNESS?”
HERE IS WHAT WEBSTER’S SAYS IT IS: A QUALITY OR STATE OF
BEING GREAT IN QUANTITY, EXTENT, OR DEGREE. AND THE URBAN DICTIONARY SAYS IT THIS WAY: THE
INNOCENCE AND IMAGINATION THAT APPEARS IN THE HEARTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN. AS THE CHILDREN
GROW OLDER, THEY BECOME MORE MATURE AND GAIN RESPONSIBILITIES. THEY LOSE THEIR MUCHNESS
I believe we have lost the quality of our witness in many ways. We have lost the wonder of Salvation and Faith in
Christ; we have matured in our walk to the point that we are no longer “child- like” in the way we worship or witness; our excitement has dimmed. Are we as bold as we can be? Do we seek to be a light to those lost in this harsh world? Let’s take a moment to look at just one disciple a little closer. They certainly never seemed to lose their muchness, their wonder, their excitement, and sacrifice.
Paul was radically saved and transformed, he was zealous in his approach and willing to suffer for Christ and to make Christ known to others: 2 Corinthians 11: 24-27 tells us this about Paul
“24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.”
I can learn much from these and others in the Bible. I pray that my child-like excitement and wonder grows with each passing year and that I will let my “muchness” for Christ and his word motivate me to tell others about him. I want to be bold and willing to sacrifice for him. My life has been radically
changed since He called me and I desire to be faithful in all things especially telling others about Jesus. I hope that you to will let your “muchness” lead you to be bold in living your life in a way that will draw others to Christ and that you will experience a renewed sense of wonder in your walk with Christ.
We are never too old to be used by God. If we are still breathing and walking this earth then we are to let our light shine brightly for all to see. We need to ask him to fill us once again with His Holy Spirit that we will let our ” muchness” grow.
We are told in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
This life we live is for Christ. We are his ambassadors on this earth. We need to keep our “muchness” and be about the business of being Jesus to others and by letting them see Jesus in us. I want my “muchness” for Christ to be evident to all who see me and know me. I want to constantly have that childlike faith that says Jesus is…He is all I need, He is everything to me, He is able to do, He is able to help, He is…
I love The Lord…with all my heart! I hope my “muchness” is on display for all to see and hear and that I am faithful with whatever he calls me to, big or small.