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Ever feel tired? Know the feeling when you get to the end of the day and the end of your energy and the end of your rope and someone asks something else of you? Some days are just exhausting, and we feel as though we're operating from a limited supply, and so when someone or something asks us for more, we feel as though we don't have any more to give. We make choices, we make compromises, and we try to muddle forward.
God, however, works from a position of abundance. God doesn't have limitations, so he pours out his grace with abandon and freedom, because there is always more. God's love is unlimited. God's mercy is everlasting, so when another joins the church, there isn't less love and attention to go around -- there is more!
It's hard for us to wrap our minds around this, as it's very different than our mode of thinking, but it's a crucial difference -- in the church, there is more. We invite people in to a place of abundance, calling them to come join in something that's greater and deeper than we can imagine, and that there is always more in Christ. The church doesn't need to focus on our limited resources, but rather, as the church does here in Acts, it needs to think about how God can use our resources to multiply our efforts and reach even more!