For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3: 16
I just saw the movie “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper last night. But I’m not here to give a movie review (although I give it 3 out of 5 stars!). It is about a lazy, mooch of a man who doesn’t want to put hard work into anything but expects his life to be great. Things begin to fall apart (more than in the past you are led to believe) and he, of course, is looking for some quick fix. He stumbles upon his ex-brother-in-law, a drug dealer who says that he is now selling FDA approved pharmaceuticals and that he has the answer. A newly invented pill will cause Eddie (the lazy mooch) to realize all of his dreams in life.
So, he takes the drug and all of a sudden, his brain is a wonder of information. Within days, his friends are limitless, his bank account limitless, his ability to write is limitless, his work ethic…you guessed it, limitless.
Of course he has to keep taking more of the drug in order to function at this high level. It also comes with negative side effects.
While his life seems to be “Limitless” with possibility, the drug he has is limited.
I’m reading a book called “On the Threshold of Grace: Methodist Fundamentals” by Donald W. Haynes, a former professor of mine in seminary. In this book, Haynes reminds us that Methodists believe that Jesus’ atonement is LIMITLESS! Jesus died for everyone; every tribe, every person, with no regard to culture or color or gender or anything else.
While many in this current culture today are searching for answers with limited resources, Jesus offers an unlimited supply of love and grace for all of humanity! The joy and compassion of Jesus is limitless. Why then are people looking everywhere but at him? Why then aren’t the churches, the Christians, SHOUTING to the world, “Hear the Good News! Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners! That proves God’s love for us!” and “Come. Come to the one who wants to love you forever”?
Stop looking. The work has been done on the cross. For you. For all. And the possibilities for a life of joy, of love, and grace are “LIMITLESS.”