Con creces is a Spanish phrase that means “with growth,” but the application is so much more than this! For example, you might say, “I will pay you back ‘con creces,’” which means ‘with interest.’ Or you could say, “She won the race ‘con creces,’” which translates to, ‘by a landslide.’ Or one might say, “He passed the test ‘con creces,’” which we might say, ‘with flying colors.’ You see, it’s above and beyond, over and abundant, exceeds all expectations kind of growth.
This phrase began to impact me when I heard a song by Nancy Amancio called Arrebato. My friend, Eunice from Mexico introduced this song to me when I was sick, and it had a great impact on my life. In it, Nancy tells Satan that he is done messing with her and she is taking back what he has stolen. She declares in the chorus, “What you have taken from me you will return to me “con creces!”
This brings to mind a favorite verse of scripture. Jesus said in John 10:10,
“The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; but I am come that you might have life - and life more abundantly!”
The devil is here to try to rob us of the life that God has for us, but Jesus returns life to us con creces.
A close friend, Terri, has survived both thyroid and skin cancer. She told me once that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to her. I have to admit I was incredulous! How could she say that? But she explained that it was cancer that drew her to her loving heavenly father and introduced her to her Savior, Jesus Christ. What the devil had intended for evil in her life, the Lord turned around for her good - in fact it was way better than good! She received back her life con creces!
When I was first sick, Terri said something like, “I know you won’t believe me right now, but this will bring more blessings than you can imagine!” She was speaking life to me as a friend who knew from experience what the Lord of abundant life would do in answer to the devil’s intention to steal, kill, and destroy.
You know what, she was right! The devil tried to steal my joy, rob from me my peace, and take my life. But the Lord answered with His abundant life. The blessings that I have received as a result of my struggles have increased my joy, peace, and faith.
Paul in the book of Romans says this...
Romans 8:18 "Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later."
To me, this is life con creces! The devil comes, he tries to bring death and suffering, and the Lord’s response is abundant life full of His glory!
Even if you do not know Spanish, I encourage you to listen to this powerful song! Believe that God will bring you abundant life con creces!