The other day, I was looking at the extra buttons on the gaming mouse that I use with my laptop. There was a little one just below the scroll wheel, so I clicked it. To my surprise, the decorative light on the back of the mouse changed color. Sure enough, there were 4 different colors that I could cycle through, despite my having used this mouse for years without knowing about this feature.
Unexpected treasures surface from unusual places, like receiving a letter from a friend or family member, and finding that they wrote more on the back of the page. Or, if you don’t get letters, it’s like discovering that your cell phone carrier offers a free subscription to a streaming service that you didn’t know about, or receiving some extra money from a source you didn’t expect (and confirming that it’s legitimate – not a scam).
Following Jesus is kind of like these unexpected surprises. No matter our relationship with Him, I believe that there are more blessings in store than we are aware of.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 NLT
For one thing, a life with Jesus has benefits and rewards that simply cannot be comprehended from an external vantage point. I think that those who have experienced the joys of living this life (as Jesus guides them) try to articulate this, but how can they describe something that must be experienced to be understood? Those who haven’t given this new life a try can’t fully grasp a concept that is unlike anything that they have known the past. There are pale reflections of a perfect relationship in this fallen world, but those are only weak comparisons.
Although Jesus offered the following promise to His first-century disciples, I think that it is an offer that anyone can take Him up on:
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:9-10 NLT
This is the ultimate “membership offer”. Anyone who isn’t sure what Jesus is like is welcome to genuinely seek Him out, and to learn what life with Him is like. I’m not suggesting that God calls us to a temporary or non-committal relationship with Him, but history is replete with Him honoring those who reach out to Him in faith, looking for the truth. For someone who doesn’t believe that life with Jesus is better than the alternative, they have a chance to find out for themselves, by offering up their lives to God and experiencing the results.
For those who have already started to follow Jesus, though, there is still more to be found. Yes, those who have walked in the path that Jesus set out for them (guided regularly by the Holy Spirit) can often recount many examples where God was uniquely faithful in their lives, and where His divine guidance was apparent. Still, as much as we have experience, and as great as we can imagine God to be, He says the following:
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT
So, no matter how big your imagination (even if it rivals that of an 8-year-old…or if you are an 8-year-old), God can do even more than that. And, God doesn’t just have a little bit of power in store beyond our expectations; He can do “infinitely more” than we can think about.
Whether you have already chosen to be on God’s side, or haven’t yet made that decision, I hope that you will draw closer to Him and seek His will, as you eagerly look forward to better things yet to come.
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.