DayBreaks for 10/15/13 – The Bigger and Better Hunt
From the DayBreaks archive, 10/08/2003:
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 16:26 – …or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Have you ever been on a “bigger and better” hunt? Here’s the idea: you start out with something small and of very little value, like a stick of gum, a pencil, or an old, beat-up book. You then go on a scavenger hunt, sort of, except when you go to the door of a house, you tell them that you’re on a bigger and better hunt, and that you will exchange what you have for something they have that is better/bigger than what you have to give them. If you’re lucky, you will get folks to swap up with you.
In his book, The God You Can Know, Dan DeHaan told of one such bigger and better hunt that his youth group was involved with and they came back with 1) a sofa (that they used in their youth room)!; 2) a charcoal burner/BBQ, and 3) a pendulum clock that worked!
This kind of activity is fun and it really gets the excitement going. But there’s a tremendous spiritual point to be made about God and man. In reality, it’s a bit different than the typical “bigger and better” hunt, because God is the one who goes out hunting. But in His case, when He knocks on the door, he is the one who offers us something bigger and better than whatever it is that we have to give Him. But there’s a catch: before He gives us what is bigger and better, we first have to give Him whatever poor thing it is that we have to exchange. And make no mistake about it: whatever we have to give Him is far less than anything we receive in exchange!
God is always knocking on our door in this cosmic bigger and better hunt. He’s knocking on your door right now, asking you to give Him something and in return, He’ll give you something bigger and better! He may be asking you to give Him your worries about your children, He may be asking you to give Him your insecurities, your fears, you weariness, your yesterday, your tomorrow, your sin, your pain. The list is endless. And He wants to give you something FAR greater in exchange: His peace, love, mercy, grace, strength, a future, an eternity.
Are you listening for His knock? Don’t be afraid to open and exchange what you have for something bigger and better! God is on a continuous journey trying to get us to give Him what we cannot keep for something we cannot lose. Don’t hesitate…do it today!
PRAYER: Lord, as the song goes, all we have to offer You is brokenness and strife! Thanks for incredible gifts You give us in exchange! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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