“Take a pot and put an omer of manna in it, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.” (Exodus 16:33)
Too often when we hear the word “surplus,” we think of Army or Navy surplus stores, where acquisition of more than enough goods are to be siphoned off. That’s not the surpluses described here in this narrative. Unexpected surpluses are those gifts, tacit and tactile, that only God can give. This abundant overflow demands a perpetual legacy that would be remembered before God and the community. What would you do with a bonus today or a raise tomorrow? How will you handle the blessings of God, such as a huge raise or a big bonus?
Be challenged by Romans
Romans doesn’t let us sit still. In Romans, Paul talks about the obligation we are under to spread the truth of the Gospel and to engage with the culture around us. He talks about the journey we must make after we accept the God’s gift of salvation. We are called to leave our comfortable and easy corners and spread the message of Christ’s sacrifice to everyone around us, because we have been freely justified!