Be enlarged

Being enlarged is awkward, taxing, and tiresome. It will push you beyond where you thought humanly possible. Ask any pregnant woman. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jabez prayed, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request (1 Chronicles 4:10).

Isaiah 54:2 says, “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!”

Stretch, enlarge, expand, increase – the Father’s purpose. Ever changing from glory to glory.

Being multiplied and extended has no age limit. Abraham was 100 when he had a son. Ruth left her country as a youthful widow. Timothy was the young pastor of a church. As a teenager, Mary the mother of Jesus was stretched.

But of all Bible characters, I believe Jacob takes the cake when it comes to being enlarged. More than just stretched, he wanted it. Never satisfied with what life handed his way, Jacob hungered for increase.

Gripping his brother’s heel from the minute he was born, Jacob wanted more. More of what he didn’t deserve. Being second born, Jacob was not meant to have anything. But he got everything. He was cunning, persistent, and it paid off.

Like it or not, Jacob mirrors the life of a believer. Born into sin, we don’t deserve anything. Jesus changed that for us. We can have it all. But it’s not just going to land in our lap. Like Jacob, we have to want it. Fight for it. You know, the good fight of faith.

To be enlarged you will need the attitude of Jacob. A soul fighting for the promise with pig-headed determination. A heart saying, “I will be enlarged, I will be stretched. I won’t be comfortable. I will chase after all God has for me.”

If you want increase, there will be struggles along the way, but the result is worth it. The stretch is uncomfortable and difficult, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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