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‘Please, sir, I want some more’ from Charles Dickens’ second novel Oliver Twist are words so famous that virtually everyone remembers them.
The outraged response of Mr Bumble, the workhouse supervisor, is well known too. The musical Oliver portrays Bumble’s enraged reaction as ‘More? You want more?!’
In other words, ‘What you have already received is enough, more than enough!’
The Christian catchcry of ‘More’
Some twenty-five years ago ‘More, I want more’ became many a Christian’s Oliver Twist catchcry in various church circles.
Today as we minister around various denominations and engage in pastoral care/mentoring, we still hear another cry for more, and not just from a mere few Christians.
It’s a cry of longing for something better than …
- An unsettled heart
- Discontentment with current personal circumstances or marriage
- Churches not displaying friendliness and Christian love
- A lack of taught ‘real’ biblical truths of meaningful ‘meat’
- Weird so-called ‘new’ teaching
- No personal relationship with our loving heavenly Father
- Not knowing the written promises of God, and neither reading or grasping their truths
- The absence of the supernatural Holy Spirit in church life and people’s lives (even leaders).
The above short list and other things result in that Dickensian expression of ‘More. I want more’ but for more of something precious, meaningful and wholesome. (more…)