By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    How Big Is It?

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Ask any fisherman, “How big was the fish he caught?” With the telling of each story, the fish has a tendency to grow bigger. Without an actual fish or a picture, we expect the fish story to grow. It’s not that fishermen are chronic liars (not everyone would agree with that) but we just want the story to sound as good as possible so the tendency is to exaggerate.

    So, when it comes to the question of how big is the love of God? The tendency is not to exaggerate the bigness of that love, but to diminish the bigness of His love. Or even worse, not even talk about the love of God.

    Back to the fishing illustration, what fisherman in his right mind catches the biggest fish of his life and then tells no one about it? That just doesn’t ever happen!

    How big is the love the Father has for us?

    Romans 5:7-8 – “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

    I John 3:1-3 – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

    How big is the Father’s love for us? It should get bigger every time we tell the story. It is impossible to ever exaggerate just how big it is, but keep telling it over and over and without apology. Let it grow each time you tell the story.

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