LIVING THE ABUNDANT LIFE
We talk about it, sing about it and hear sermons about it, but do we really understand what living the abundant life means? Recently someone asked me to write a blog about the abundant life. My first thought was that everyone knows what that is. My second thought, though, was wondering if I myself really understood it. So I’ve done some studying and thinking.
In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (KJV).” It is also translated “have it to the full” (NIV), “more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (MSG), “till it overflows” (AMP) and “a rich and satisfying life” (NLV).
These all convey the idea of something plentiful and more than enough It reminds me of “my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). Applied to Jesus’ words in John 10:10, it would mean Jesus promises that the life He gives those who believe in Him is more than we could expect or ask for.
So what do we do to experience this in all ways at all times? Nothing. Jesus says He gives it. It is His provision. But clearly not all Christians are experiencing abundant living. You see, you can’t have this life to the full by trying to have it. It comes from Jesus only as we submit to His Spirit, love and serve Him. It is a byproduct of abiding (remaining, continuing) in Him (John 15:4). When we faithfully trust and live for Him, depending on His power and guidance and following His Word, He will abide in us (John 15:4). Then we experience life beyond anything we could imagine. We will be filled with His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and enjoy the Spirit’s fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
In other words, focus on living in close fellowship with Jesus and the natural result will be Him doing things in you and through you that you couldn’t imagine. It’s sort of like giving your life so you can keep it (Matthew 10:39). You put Jesus first and live for Him and He’ll pour spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing on you.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Are you more focused on what Jesus can do for you or what you can do for Him? Ask Him to convict you when you focus on the benefits He promises instead of on Him Himself.