adj: very fancy; more than is usual, necessary, or proper
“Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant…” Ephesians 5:2
Okay. This is extravagant. There is a home (a skyscraper, really) in South Mumbai, India that is worth over a billion dollars. A family of four lives in this monumental place with approximately 100,000 square feet of living space per person. 27 floors, 9 high-speed elevators, 3 helipads, and 6 floors of underground parking for the fleet of 168 cars. Most of the lighting and features in this mansion are made of marble, crystal, and mother-of-pearl. It has a full-sized movie theater and a two-story recreation center with gyms, pools, and a “snow room” that creates man-made snow flurries to cool the residents on the hottest days.
I just don’t even know what to say.
“Expensive,” “fancy,” “more than is necessary”. These don’t seem like Jesus words. In my mind, He was such a humble, work-with-His-hands, no-wordly-possessions kind of guy.
So, was Jesus–is Jesus–extravagant?
Yes, he is. Not for himself, but towards us. Not with possessions or riches, but with love, with goodness, with grace.
He gladly pours his spirit into us and fills us beyond what our hearts can hold. He overwhelms us with more than enough beauty and creativity and power to know him and live for him. He is able to give us more than is usual, more than is necessary, more than we can even imagine.
He doesn't have to be cautious. Because he never runs out of love.
Let’s invite Him in: What do you need Him to lavish upon you? What area of your life, your heart, needs to be indulged, cared for, spoiled? Go ahead–ask him. Faith, courage, forgiveness, hope, healing, energy, direction…he has more than enough for you right now. Let him love you extravagantly today. It's what he wants to do the most.