GOT A QUESTION
In John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Unlike a thief, the Lord Jesus does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get. He comes that people may have life in Him that is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal. We receive this abundant life the moment we accept Him as our Savior.
This word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.” In short, Jesus promises us a life far better than we could ever imagine, a concept reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” The apostle Paul tells us that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, and He does it by His power, a power that is at work within us if we belong to Him (Ephesians 3:20).
Before we begin to have visions of lavish homes, expensive cars, worldwide cruises, and more money than we know what to do with, we need to pause and think about what Jesus teaches regarding this abundant life. The Bible tells us that wealth, prestige, position, and power in this world are not God's priorities for us (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). In terms of economic, academic, and social status, most Christians do not come from the privileged classes. Clearly, then, abundant life does not consist of an abundance of material things. If that were the case, Jesus would have been the wealthiest of men. But just the opposite is true (Matthew 8:20).
Abundant life is eternal life, a life that begins the moment we come to Christ and receive Him as Savior and goes on throughout all eternity.
As many of you are aware “the ministry and pastoral service” has been a part of my life for nearly five decades! That’s a full life of participating in the blessings of God and watching miracles unfold in people’s lives. LIFE GOES ON, that’s a fact. During my years in the pastorate I observed people who had and were full of life and those whose lives were marked by chaos, confusion, lies and misery!
What is an abundant life AND are you living one? That might be a tough question to answer, but I believe that “abundant and fulfilled life” is a life that is full of hope, peace, contentment, gratitude and holy expectation. I believe that an abundant life is a life full of exploration, adventure and being in tune with the WORD, Jesus Christ. I believe that an abundant life can and is very much a personal journey filled with different experiences that are specifically designed for our lives as we walk and talk with God. I don’t believe that anyone can boast of an abundant life if one has no or even a minimal experience of the grace and power of God through His son Jesus Christ.
Are you OR are you not presently living an abundant life? The abundant life may include lots of good stuff materially speaking. But, that is NOT what the abundant life is about. The ABUNDANT LIFE, which includes eternal life can only be found through Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him? Do you have that relationship? Faith..in God, through Jesus Christ is the key to living and having an abundant life.
Simply, going to church, standing in the pulpit, serving on the board, teaching a Sunday school class, joining a work detail, going to camp or accumulating lots of stuff and having the best experiences life can offer will not guarantee an abundant life! ALL or any of those things may be included in abundant living. But, you don’t have abundant living without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It would be a lie to believe otherwise.