When I was a little girl I remember watching a television show where housewives would win a chance to enter a store with an empty grocery cart and have a certain amount of time to put whatever they wanted in the cart. I remember watching them run up and down the aisles throwing things in the cart as fast as they could. I imagined how much fun that would be to be able to fill my cart with anything I wanted and as much as the cart could hold.
Of course, you were limited by the size of the cart. You could only put so much in it before it was full. But imagine if you were given the opportunity to bring your own container and you could fill it as full as you wanted with things from whatever store you chose. Or maybe you could fill in with money. Now wouldn’t that be nice!
What size container would you bring? A grocery sack? A wheelbarrow? A dump truck? You’d be crazy to choose a small container when there was no limit. Maybe you could bring a double-trailer semi truck. Now that could hold a lot!
But the thing about all of this is that in the end, you would just have stuff. I think there would be a sort of let down after it was all over. Sure, you now have a ton of stuff, but when it’s gone it’s still gone. When you’ve used it up, when you’ve spent the money, when you’ve exhausted your supply, it’s all over.
Now think about a different kind of opportunity.
God says that he has all that we need, all we need to do is ask. Now I’m not talking about tangible “stuff”. I’m talking about all the things God has promised to give us if we ask. There is a bounty of things God will give us if we will only allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. He promises to meet our physical needs but he also promises things like love, joy, and peace.
He waits for us to come to him and when we do he fills our lives to overflowing with wonderful blessings. When you think about it, if the blessings of God are limitless we should bring the largest container we can find! When we go to God, why just bring a wheelbarrow?
Psalm 65:11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.