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by Tom Norvell


    The title of this article may imply that you are about to read a message on contentment. It is not. In fact, the thoughts are directed in the opposite direction. Instead the title is simply a statement of fact: We can get by with a lot less. We can, and we often do. But, should we?

    When it comes to worship we can get by with a lot less. We can survive with less time spend in preparation for worship. We can get by with spending less time in worship. We can get by with less than the best in the quality of worship. We can settle for a less than the best assembly time. It doesn’t need to be great, “Okay” is good enough. Inspiring is not necessary. Convicting is not really needed. We can get by with a lot less and yawn our way through. We can, but should we?

    When it comes to a personal relationship with God, we can get by with a lot less. We can pray occasionally, read His Word a little, meditate on the message now and then and do pretty well... spiritually speaking. We can play the religious games and look pretty spiritual. We can be satisfied with a casual relationship with God and may never suffer any physical consequences because of it. We can, so why shouldn’t we? We can, but should we?

    When it comes to using our talents we can get by with a lot less. No one can judge us for not using our gifts properly. There is no need to get radical or fanatical about this stuff. We do not need to really sell-out for Jesus. We are not likely to be zapped by a bolt of lightening fi we do not surrender all. We can, but should we?

    When it comes to holiness and purity we can get by with a lot less. We can dabble in the impure stuff and dip into the dirty things and not be terribly harmed. It is a personal thing. We can open ourselves to the things of darkness and disguise it from most people. No one will ever know. We can, but should we?

We can get by with less, but should we?
    When it comes to integrity we can get by with a lot less. We can skim a little off the top here, and take a little under the table there. We can sweep some things under the rug. Keep it hidden. We can tell a few little white lies and commit a few small sins now and then and no one will notice. We can, but should we?

    Whether we to it intentionally or not, we prove daily that we can get by with a lot less. There seems to be something almost natural about trying to get by with the least effort, the least about of expense, adn the least of ourselves that we can get by with. When asked what is the most important command Jesus responded with, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul with all your mind and with all your strength. Then, love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:28-31).

    We can get by with a lot less...or can we?

    Why not join me, and let’s make the effort to give God our all... our best... our first... our everything!

      © 2002, Tom Norvell. Used by permission. A Norvell Note is a weekly email message from Tom Norvell. Check it out!

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      Author: Tom Norvell
      Publication Date: June 11, 2002


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