You are my portion, Lord. (Psalm 119:57)
How do we measure what matters most in life? I have said before that the world makes its measure through the Five P’s of Power, Position, Prosperity, Pleasure, and Possessions. The world tells us that when you are rich in these areas, you have it all. But the Word of God says something altogether different. When the Lord is our portion, we are rich beyond measure.
So where do you see your primary portion in life coming from? Read on and be encouraged!
When our portion is found in anything smaller than God, we find that we never have enough. Why? Because everything smaller than God was never designed to meet us in our deepest place of need, and that is because God made our deepest need beyond the reach of the “stuff” of this life. Power cannot satisfy it. Position cannot satisfy it. Prosperity cannot satisfy it. Pleasure cannot satisfy it. Possessions cannot satisfy it. When we seek our satisfaction in the things of this life, we will say, “I never have enough!” Spurgeon wrote, “The insatiable horse-leech of my lust ever crieth, ‘Give, Give!’ [Proverbs 30:15] Can I ever be delivered from it?”
Only when our hearts say, “Your face, Lord, do I seek” (Psalm 27:8 ESV) and our portion is God Himself will we find our deepest needs satisfied. When we seek satisfaction in our Savior as our portion, we will echo the apostle Paul and say, “I have learned to be content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12).
When Jesus is our portion, we have what nothing in this life can give us because we have the one Possession that can never be taken away. When we cross the Jordan, all we have accumulated on this side of the grave will remain behind. We shall bring nothing with us, for naked we came into this world and naked we shall go out. But when Jesus is our portion, we shall reach the other side of the Jordan rich beyond measure. When Jesus is our portion, we will not hear those terrible words, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” Rather, we will hear what will eternally delight our soul: “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into thy rest.”
So where is your portion today? Do you seek it in the stuff of this life . . . or in the Savior who has given you life? Are you chasing after stuff that can never satisfy . . . or after the Savior who satisfies the soul forever?
Remember, when Jesus is your portion, you are rich beyond measure! When Jesus is your portion, your sins are forgiven, your debt is paid, and your guilt is gone forevermore. When Jesus is your portion, all wisdom, all power, and all goodness are yours, and all of it in full measure. To have Jesus as your portion is not to have only “a portion” of Jesus. He is not divided among the family of faith, for we each have Him in full measure, and that makes all who are in Christ rich beyond measure.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!