My wife and I have been trying to eat healthier. We have talked about portion control. We can manipulate our caloric intake simply by shrinking our plate! Eating off a saucer versus eating off of a platter, we are more likely to eat enough, not too much.
And as we all know, the more calories we consume, the more exercise we will need to burn them off.
That is really the only time I have used the word portion. Until I began meeting with a body of believers centered around the purpose of expressing Christ.
We have discovered portion in a whole new way.
New Testament Portions
Five occurrences of μερίς (portion) happen in the New Testament. Here are two of them.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God. (2 Corinthians 6:14-16a NASB)
Paul tells us a little about how to connect with people. He is speaking specifically with the meeting of a body of believers. He is encouraging us to be connected to believers, to righteousness, to light, to Christ, to the temple of God. In this context, there is a sharing of portions in all of these examples. A sharing.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. (Colossians 1:9-12 NASB)
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul speaks of a qualification from God. He says that God, the Father, has given us access to the inheritance of the saints in Light. And with this inheritance, we share with others. We share.
So, what is your portion? Is someone putting you on a little saucer or are you free to be on The Huge Platter? What have you freely been given access to so that you can share exactly what God has placed in you? Are you sharing this portion with other believers for His glorious might to be expressed through His fruit?
Find your portion. Bring your portion. Share your portion freely. Receive others’ portions freely. You will see His fruit, His given portion, through each and every qualified saint in Light.
He is The Huge Platter holding all of our portions!
Hey, can you pass the broccoli?