Our Extravagant God

“We do not need any enlarging adjectives when we speak of God, or of His love or mercy,” Tozer states. “God Almighty fills the universe and overfills it because it is His character – Infinite and Unlimited.”

 

And because His character is Infinite – boundless and limitless, Him being in the beginning and at the end without having either, and because He is Immense – measureless, having had no starting place and having no ending place, He deals with us out of Himself and never by half-measures. Everything in God’s dealings with people is done, not barely, with scarcity, or “by the drop”, but prodigally, extravagantly, lavishly. Let’s explore!

 

Read Ephesians 3:20: “Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Paul writes. Exceeding abundantly! What God does for us exceeds abundance! That’s our extravagant God.

 

Read Ephesians 1:19 and 20: here Paul wants the saints to know “what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places..,” The power of God exceeds greatness of power! And He works that power in and for us! He’s our extravagant God.

 

In Psalm 68:19 (KJV), David tells us that the Lord daily loads us with benefits! A daily load! Count ‘em! I dare ya!

 

Because His character is Infinite and He is Immense, He deals with us bountifully and with abundance:

 

  • Which robe gets put on the returning son? The best!
  • Which calf gets served at the celebration of his return? The fat one!
  • What happens to David’s cup in Psalm 23? It runs over!
  • Where sin abounds – what about the grace? It much more abounds!
  • Jesus came to bring us what kind of life? Life more abundant!
  • Abraham was promised posterity as uncountable as what? The stars in the sky and the sands on the shore!
  • What is impossible with or hard for God? Nothing!
  • What is possible with God? All things!
  • What can we do through Christ Who strengthens us? All things!
  • When Jesus fed 5000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish, what was the result? All did eat to the full and a dozen baskets were filled with the leftovers!
  • When Jesus fed 4000 men with 7 loaves and a few fish, what was the result? All did eat and were full, and 7 baskets of food were left over!
  • When God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you” what does He mean? He means His grace is strong enough; ample in amount; plenty; of able power; sufficient to satisfy. Hallelujah!
  • Even when we suffer trials, what kind of joy can we have? Joy unspeakable and full of glory!
  • What kind of peace does God have for us? Peace beyond understanding!
  • God supplies our needs according to His riches in glory!
  • Our light afflictions here are rewarded with “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”!
  • Christ’s love for us has breadth and length and depth and height!

 

Read 1John 3:1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us….”  The literal meaning of the word bestowed in the Greek is given. Its meaning has to do with laboring (remember giving birth?) – God loved us so much He “worked hard” (Greek definition) to show us His love, worked hard to put it on us, to give and deliver it to us.

 

If your Bible version reads that He lavished His love on us – fine, He did. But the exact rendering of 1John 3:1 is John 3:16:

 

     “For God so loved the world that He gave, He bestowed, He delivered His only begotten Son – He labored in His love to show us His love – that whosoever would believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

That’s our extravagant God!

 

And for those of us who come to God for salvation through Christ, how is He able to save us? He is able to save to the uttermost! Wanna know what “uttermost” really means? You’ll be glad you asked. It means thoroughly, entirely, completely, perfectly, finally and completely in all ways, until the goal and purpose is reached: to the uttermost! This is our extravagant God!

 

God labored to show us His love so that we could have everlasting life, so that we could be saved to the uttermost, because it is His character – Infinite and Unlimited – extravagant, prodigal, and lavish! Take this truth into your heart and soul and mind. It will give you strength for your daily Christian living. And share the good news with someone you know who needs to know. It means the difference between life and death; the difference between the rich man begging for a finger-drop of water and one having wellsprings of water unto eternal life.

 

Jamie Lucero

1 Timothy 1:17

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