Abundant Life

Abundant Life

I confess that I have not enjoyed the changes during this crisis. In addition to the weightier matters experienced by some, I am not a fan of being limited in what I can do. Yes, I am an introvert; but I now realize I am not as much of an introvert as I thought. I miss watching my kids play sports. I miss being with other family members. I am still waiting to hold my newborn niece for the first time. I miss meeting for Bible study and worship in person.

But I am realizing this is a great time to understand and live the abundant life Jesus talked about in John 10. Let’s read the passage one last time:
 
“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’”(John 10:7-10).

The abundant life Jesus gives comes when we follow Him and trust His word in all areas of our life. When things are going great, we can be fooled into thinking we are experiencing this abundant life. In tough times, we have the opportunity to step back and evaluate what truly makes life abundant and where our heart really is.

Though we can’t cover all aspects of this abundant life, faith and generosity are two that apply now:
 
Faith: We were created to love and worship God, which we do by faith. As our faith is tested (James 1:2), we will grow to rely on Jesus more. The more we rely on Him, the more we cling to Him, the more abundant our life will be.
 
Generosity: Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). By showing generosity in a time of need, we get to better understand that the abundant life is a life of generosity. As we loosen our grip on things of this world, we can live abundantly as we store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). Plus, I can now buy donuts and call it “supporting local businesses” – and the calories don’t count.

Life may not seem abundant right now. It certainly isn’t sunshine and rainbows. But if we will cling to Jesus in faith while living generously, then we, as His sheep, will “have life and have it abundantly.”
 
By Philip Jones

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