Overflow

  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2 Corinthians 4:15 

A couple years ago a friend in the area experienced a crisis none of us want. One of his visiting grandchildren left the upstairs bathroom sink running just as the family departed for an outing. While they were absent, water overflowed the sink and baptized everything in its path.

When the family returned hours later, they encountered water damage all over the house. Floors, walls, stairs, carpet, insulation, fixtures, furnishings – everything was impacted by the overflow. It took months and thousands of dollars to repair the damage. I think Jim can laugh about it now. But it wasn’t a laughing matter at first. No doubt he now has a working overflow drain in the sink.

Overflow makes a difference in life. It’s not symbolic or benign. Engineers are very familiar with it. Overflow is powerful. It’s a matter of physics. Put 16 ounces of Coke in a 12 ounce glass and you’ll experience the power of overflow for yourself. If you want to make it even more powerful, try tomato juice… in the living room… with your wife watching. Or just overfill the gas tank in your car. People will notice your overflow, but not in a good sense.

There’s a better way to experience overflow. The Apostle Paul said followers of Jesus impacted by grace can have an overflow of thanksgiving. This overflow is powerful. It’s a matter of spiritual physics. This overflow impacts everything in its path. It strengthens faith. It focuses worship. It rewards the strong. It encourages the brokenhearted. It multiplies joy. If we connect with Jesus, the pipeline of grace will overflow our lives with thanksgiving. This overflow will make a difference in the lives of others.

Thanksgiving is not just for those who reaped a bountiful harvest this fall or voted for a winning candidate in the recent elections. In fact, thanksgiving actually has little to do with such things. The Apostle Paul thanked the Philippians for their material support while he was in jail. But his appreciation focused on the benefit their giving had on them, not him. You can read it for yourself in Philippians 4:10-19.

This holiday season, may our thanksgiving overflow because of God’s grace in the lives of others.

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