The other day I reflected on how the economy of the Kingdom of God is different than the kingdom of earth. In Jesus’ Kingdom there is always an abundance of resources, whether that be in terms of time, power, love or finances. At the same time I was thinking these thoughts, I was making a lasagna. A funny, but marvelous, thing happened as I was making this lasagna.
I had enough resources to make a three-layer lasagna: twelve noodles, a pound of ground turkey, a bottle of Ragu sauce, 16 oz. of mozzarella, and a carton of cottage cheese. These ingredients barely makes a three-layer lasagna; sometimes I run out on the top layer to cover everything. But after I boiled the noodles, I noticed that three noodles fit perfectly in my (normally) four-noodle sized pan! They had mysteriously stretched! I now had enough noodles to make a four-layer lasagna. But would the rest of the ingredients be enough? I sensed that God was showing me something here, so I took a step of faith and decided to make a four-layer lasagna.
As it turned out, I had enough of everything the complete the four-layer lasagna! And I didn’t skimp on the layers, either! I put the ample amount of ingredients on each of the layers that I normally do. I had personally witnessed a small miracle! This miracle certainly wasn’t the on the same level of feeding the 5,000 or raising Lazarus from the dead, but it rather miraculous to me. More than that it taught me something about the economy of God’s Kingdom: it’s always more than I expect!
I thought to myself, “Now, isn’t that like God to speak to me through a lasagna?”
Of course this is nothing new for God, His Kingdom sometimes operates in this way. He made a widow’s last ounces of grain to provide for her, her son and the prophet Elijah for many days. The Temple candles (representing the Spirit of God), which had only one days worth of oil, God made them last for eight days.
All of this is to show us that God’s resources are much more abundant and available than we realize. Sometimes we think: “I want to do God’s will, but I don’t have enough time … or I don’t have the right job or I don’t have enough money or I don’t have enough patience or I don’t have enough love or …” Jesus says, “Nonsense! I came that you might have life ABUNDANTLY. I have the resources. Obey Me, follow Me and you will see how deep my well is!”
The world tells us, “There’s not enough.” But Jesus says, “There’s more than enough.”
Who are you going to believe? Who are you going to follow?
Listen to the Lasagna: “There’s more than enough. Follow Jesus!”
(By the way, the lasagna was DELICIOUS, as well as wise)