By Robin Sam
Mark 4:25 (NKJV) says: “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
THE FIRST TIME I read that passage as a young boy I said, ‘Now, that’s unfair, God! You are giving the one who already has, more! And, you are taking stuff away from him who doesn’t have.’ Our understanding of the Bible can be skewed if we don’t seek the help of the Spirit of God.
The Bible says ‘…My thoughts are not your thoughts.’ Where you and I see injustice, God serves divine justice. And God’s justice is better than our poetic justice.
You see God is not talking about making the rich richer or plundering the poor and making him poorer. God is not a Communist, He is God. There can be nothing more or nothing less about it. He is simply, majestically and awesomely GOD!
So, what is it that God says will be given to him who has? What is the possession of the person we’re talking about? He’s talking about His Word. You either have it in you or you don’t. You are either a Bible-reading, Scripture-driven, Holy Spirit led person or you are not! If you have a thirst and hunger for the Word of God, Jesus says, there’s going to be an increase of it in the days to come. If you have a desire for the Spiritual milk that’s the Word of God, you will find that God will not only increase the desire but He will also satiate your thirst and hunger.
At another level, I think, Jesus is also talking about faith. Either you have it or you don’t. The mountain-moving faith is only as small as a mustard seed. If a big, craggy mountain can be moved by a tiny grain, imagine what you can do when God gives us more faith!
Today, let us ask God for a greater appetite for His Word. And because faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, let us also ask Him for a greater measure of faith. Because Mark 4:24 says, “…With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Note the Bible does not say a similar measure but the same measure. Ask God for a greater measure of faith.
The measure is also my dealing with other people. How I treat others is the measure that God is going to use to treat me – the same measure not a similar measure. That’s a dreadful thought! In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
How do you know if you have what it takes to please God in you? Check your response to the Word of God. Do you crave for the spiritual milk? A thirst and hunger for His Word? Check your dealings with other people. If your connection with God is not alright, your connection with people won’t be any better either. Check your level of faith. Remember, the mountain-moving faith comes from a tiny mustard seed like faith. A tiny spark can set fire to a huge forest.
If you have it, I pray to God that He will give you an increase of it. If you don’t have it, ask Jesus for help. He is ready to help you if you confess spiritual poverty and ask Him to come into your heart and change you for the better. “For everyone who asks receives,” Jesus said in Matthew 7:8. Ask and it shall be given to you! Amen.