DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than… Scope Creep

Have you ever heard of scope creep? It’s a term project managers use to describe the goals for the project get bigger and bigger. In my house, it looks like this:

“Let’s paint the bedroom.”     “Ok”

“But you know those baseboards really need a coat of paint too.”    “Ok”

“And now the hallway baseboards look dingy next to the freshly painted ones so we might as well paint the hallway too.”    “Ugh”

You get the idea.  The scope of the project creeps up to be bigger and bigger until it seems like the project is never going to end.

Well, guess what?  That’s the way Jesus looks at you.  Once your salvation is sealed and He’s all excited that you’ll be joining Him in heaven one day, Jesus is just getting started with you.  Maybe you’ll see Him creeping into your comfort level when the jokes you used to laugh at or the TV shows you used to watch make you cringe a little.  Or maybe He creeps into you head as you begin to hunger for Christian friends, Christian music or even a Bible study!  Next thing you know you find yourself praying off and on through the day and waking up on Sundays “planning” to go to church instead of “thinking” about going to church.  At this point you may think- “That’s good enough Jesus.  I don’t need any more change.”  But Jesus is not done with you.

Could be your relationships start to change.  You hear yourself randomly offering to help others, you begin saying thank you all the time and then you’re catch yourself apologizing for the smallest offense.  Now you’re wondering about ways to help others instead of ways to get others to help you.  Next thing you know you’re not only giving of your time but your money too.  Can you believe Jesus has crept into your wallet?  Old friends are looking at you weird and you’re thinking all these changes should stop.

Then one Sunday, as you sit in church, the pastor asks if you have made Jesus Lord of all.  Act 10:36 says You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.  If you are like me, you realized that years ago as a baby Christian you would have said “yes, Jesus is Lord of all”.  But today, years later, the meaning of the word “all” has changed.  Jesus becomes Lord of more and more of your life every time you turn around.  Can you imagine if you keep giving your heart to the Lord how much more of your life He will rule 5 years from now?  10 years from now?  What is Jesus going to want from you next?

That’s the wonderful question of the Christian walk. That’s why this walk with Jesus is an adventure. The scope of what He wants to do in your life is always growing.  Don’t hold back!  Let Jesus creep into your life every day and in every way.  There’s no telling what He’ll creep into next!

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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