Imagine walking around with more M&M bags that you could possibly carry by yourself. Personally, I like the Peanut M&M's, so I'm imagining yellow bags of candy falling all around me because there are just too many to hold without dropping some.
So, what are my choices at this point? Try to pick them up myself? Maybe ask others to help me by picking them up and putting them back in my clumsy stack? Or, a crazy thought! Maybe I could give them away to the folks around me?
I mean, could I really ever eat that many M&M's by myself, anyway?
And think of the joy I could bring to all of the people around me!
In fact, the more I think about it, no one was meant to have that many M&M's and not share them…
"I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." (John 10:10b MSG) The Amplified Version indicates that it is life to its fullest, even to overflowing, that Jesus is professing to give us. What Jesus is saying is that He comes to give us so much life that it is too much to contain - it just spills out of us.
This life He speaks of is "zoe" life - life as God intended…in fact, it is His life! What a gift! His eternal life imparted to me to the point that it spills out of me because it is welling up within me and overflowing. He truly is Our Wellspring!
With this kind of life and this amount of life overflowing from within, what choice do I have but to share it with those around me. Paul, in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, had it right when he said that "the love of Christ compels me (5:14)." Like the M&M's, no one was meant to have that much life without sharing it. This zoe life, God's life, resurrection life, eternal life is not the life that we were born with. It's something that we are re-born with! It's a gift from our Wonderful God who has so much life spilling out of Him that He just has to share it.
Are you enjoying it? Are you enjoying Him? I invite you to "taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8a)