“You ain’t seen nothing yet, Baby!”
The first time the Lord whispered this into my heart, I didn’t understand what He was trying to tell me. According to Google, it is a colloquial phrase used to indicate that however extreme or impressive something may seem, it will be overshadowed by what is to come. At that time, I was in a season of deep depression, questioning if this life I was living was all that God had planned for me. Was this the life of a Christian? Was this all?
Just recently, He has been whispering it into my heart again. It is His way of telling me that there is MORE. Here I am in a season of change. I have seen the Lord do amazing things in my life, and I can testify to His goodness, mercy, and grace demonstrated in my life. There have been some dark valleys and challenging times, but we came through, and now, I am in a season of great contentment and thankfulness. The Lord has promised a new season for me; I am “Standing still” (see previous posts), waiting for His instruction. But apparently, just in case I think He is finished with me, He reminds me that I ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
Yet this promise of so much more than you can imagine is for everybody, not just me.
How many times have we heard that verse in church or sent the bible verse to someone, but I want to suggest that most of us have never really meditated on it nor reflected on what Lord Jesus is saying.
That Greek word “perisson”, translated as “to the full” or “in abundance” in other translations, means: over and above; more than enough; generally superabundant; much; great. In short: much more than expected.
Here Jesus contrasts that our enemy comes to steal anything worthwhile in our lives, but Jesus promises not just life (through salvation), but a NO ORDINARY LIFE! He promises an exciting adventure of life that goes beyond all I can imagine.
“ However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived– the things God has prepared for those who love him – these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”(1 Cor 2:9-10)
Don’t confuse a great and full life with no challenges, no hardships or suffering. I don’t believe this promise comes with guarantees like that. But I believe that it includes overcoming what is overwhelming us in the power of the Holy Spirit so that our experience of life is more victorious, over and above our wildest imaginings.
I understand this because there is this life as my current experience: what is probably my view of what is appropriate for my life right now. But, then, there is “perisson’” which is over and above, way beyond, in excess. The first is life; the second is life in abundance.
I Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!
I am beginning to understand that it should be my lifestyle to have an expectation of more in life.
C.S.Lewis once wrote, “We are all half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink, sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us. Like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
I ask myself: Are you far too easily pleased with the life God has given you? Do you have an expectation of even greater adventures with the Lord? Are you aware of just how much more blessing is available to you?
“Out of his fullness, we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” (John 1:16 NIV)
“We all live off his generous abundance, gift after gift after gift.” (Message)
“We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us—blessing upon blessing heaped upon us!” (Living Bible)
There is More!
More of the experience of Jesus in my life. More revelation from scripture. More understanding. More empowerment from the Holy Spirit. More blessing. More grace. More blood that covers sin. More victory over sin. More joy. More purpose. More work. More peace. More rejoicing. I make a mistake when I think that this life that I have now is the limit of what God has in store for us.
Dear friend, my heart rejoices and shouts out, there is more for you and me.
It truly is: You ain’t seen nothing yet!
As David says in Psalm 63:3: “Because your love is better than life…. my lips will glorify you.” And Paul in Phil 3:8 “I consider it all loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ .”
Friend, meditate on that: there is More.
If you are not feeling blessed by God today- there is more. Alternatively, if you feel that you are more than blessed today- here is the truth if it: there is more. God desires to satisfy our souls in Him, and that satisfaction will bring us endless joy.
Seek God with everything in you because when we do, He promises a life of abundance, an exciting adventure where we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As He promises in Gen 15:1:
“I AM your very great reward. “
And in Heb 11:6, “God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
- What do you believe today, friend? Do you believe that God has more for you in this life?
- Do you believe that His desire is not just to provide you with life in salvation, but life in abundance where you do life with Him here on earth?
- Have you been too easily satisfied and not dreamed or imagined what God could mean by more?
Lord, You deserve all the worship of my heart as Your blessing and love go beyond my wildest imaginings. Thank you that there is more than my heart and mind could ever expect, and Your generous hand makes it available to me. Help me believe you, embrace that which I cannot imagine right now, as joy and rejoicing still to be expected from the Lord.