Perplexity of Extravagance

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Aspen leaves in Santa Fe, NM

I really don’t know where to start on this blog post, and so I am just going to let the Holy Spirit lead me on this one. However, a couple of weeks ago my God challenged me to write on His extravagance. I can’t exactly explain why I’ve had an obsession with the extravagance of God lately, but my mind has been perplexed by the extremity of God and all that He encompasses.

In my new place of residence, I am constantly surrounded by mountains. I can’t turn my head without seeing another mountain range, which is such a starkly different landscape than what my Florida lifestyle has had me accustomed to over the years. I am challenged by the verse in Matthew 17:20 where Jesus says, ” Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I see mountains all the time, and I constantly imagine myself saying to them jump, and then they jump. I see Jesus standing upon them telling them to crumble at the works of His hands and stomp of His feet. The same hands and feet that endured the cross for my sin and shame to be erased.

I fear as a body of Christ, we forget the works of the hands and feet of Jesus and therefore, we forget the works assigned to our hands and feet. My Jesus did great things while He walked this earth. He truly lived Luke 4:18-19.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The favor of the Lord was upon this man, but through the extravagance of my God, the favor of the Lord is upon you and me to. God delights in his children and rejoices when they come to know Him because He longs to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Our alignment with God is not based on circumstances. He has aligned himself with us even before the beginning of time. He placed innumerable amounts of hairs on our head and counted them (Luke 12:7).  Then sent his son Jesus to die on the cross so our lives may be full (John 10:10).

Life to the full, what a complexing thought.

Our lives are full, but what are they full of?

Are they full of doubt fear, insecurity, troubles, worry, anxiety, fret, disappointment, oppression, sickness?

If so, are we living according to the way Jesus called us to live? In HIS extravagance and HIS fullness, we can have fullness of Joy. Because of the cross our redemption is no longer a question but rather the answer. Jesus came to redeem, and redeem He does. “In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7). I want to talk about this redemption a little further and expound on the fact that forgiveness and redemption is only the first step to walking in the fullness and glory that God has for us. We walk in the extravagance of Jesus when we continue to allow him to change us everyday and to mold us into the man or woman of God that desires us to be. Our redemption is just the beginning, baptism or salvation is just a fresh start towards a life in the Spirit, a life of total freedom and a life of steadfast pursuit of God and all of his glory.

Jesus asked Peter a simple question just to follow Him. Later, Jesus handed Peter the keys to the kingdom of God (which we now have as well) and said you are the rock on which I will build my church. The extravagance of God is not to leave us where we are at, but to anoint us and give us opportunities to glorify Him through healing, deliverance, joy, strength, and peace that can only come from Him.  Peter was not perfect by any means throughout his time in ministry, but his eyes were ever on Jesus the author and finisher of His faith who the joy set before him endured the cross, despised shame, and is now sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us (Hebrews 12:2). Our race isn’t done. The extravagance of God is not finished in your life, and I believe that God wants to ignite His extravagance inside of us for kingdom purposes.

Our hearts cry according to how Jesus taught us to pray:

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”

Matthew 6:9-10

Oh Lord my heart’s cry is to contend with the cry your son Jesus had to bring your kingdom down here on earth. In order for that to happen, I am asking that you raise up men and women of God, who the joy set before them will run the race with endurance the same you did. May your kingdom come on earth as it is heaven.

Will you join me in praying for the extravagance of God to manifest in your life, that your spirit may be filled to the brim with the everlasting water which is Jesus Christ. May He be your fuel on which you run the race He has set before you. He has a wonderful race set before everyone of you, He says that even though the world may have trouble, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). We have victory over sin and death, let that be the stamina at which we rely on to finish strong. The extravagance of God is not done in your life, but rather is just the beginning.

Many have been saying over the past few months and years that God is taking people into a new season. I believe this so strongly in my heart because never in a million years, would I have believed if someone told me that I would be living in NM working for a ministry,  nannying for a wonderful family, and partnering with global anti-human trafficking and women’s empowerment television networks in Southeast Asia at my age. God is desiring to bring you into the new.

But the old is falling away, just like those leaves that were falling on the ground that I was trying to pick up and take a cute little leave throwing picture. Epic fail by the way, but the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said why are you trying to pick up the old when I want to give you the new. Why are you picking up old leaves, when new is coming? The old can be beautiful, but the new is even greater!

We are in the new, and I believe that God is transitioning us for the winter. A time of preparedness for what is next. Take the time during this season to ask the Lord what is supposed to be NEW in your life, and how you are so supposed to prepare for this NEW. I am doing this and allowing God to take things away and give me new things as they come. As I pray, I see the old identity of the last season being stripped away for newness. How many are ready for God to do a great new thing?

In the words of Bethel Music, “our God exchanges old for new.” – Hannah McClure, Bethel Music “Old for New”

Only through His extravagance do we see this. Let the extravagance of God fill your heart today with such peace and joy, let the love of Jesus rule in your hearts, and may you be encouraged  and touched by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Much love and prayers,

Hannah