“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
– John 10:10
Abundant life? Now? During these difficult times? How is that possible when most of us are sequestered in our homes watching re-runs of old sporting events, Disney movies, or Andy Griffith. Granted, I’m a huge fan of Barney, Otis, Aunt Bea, and all the residents of Mayberry. But for me, “abundant life” (especially right now) involves asking God to meet my needs, or getting more from God, such as His grace, peace, endurance, patience, and mercy, in order to persevere through the trials, inconveniences, and difficulties of the current pandemic. In other words, I tend to associate the abundant and victorious life Jesus talked about in John 10:10, with getting more FROM God.
Sadly, many believers today are like me…they confuse having more FROM God with having more OF God. Now, don’t misunderstand me; I’m a firm believer in presenting my petitions to a loving, generous, and giving God. But I often find, as I’m praying, that I spend more time voicing my needs and the needs of others, as opposed to simply seeking Him, listening to that “still small voice,” praising and thanking Him, and surrendering to His will.
But, God’s Word is very clear. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He immediately and richly blessed us with all we need to live an abundant and victorious life…yes dear friend, even in times of crises and suffering. This week, as you spend time with our Lord, be mindful of, and take joy in, the following truths from His Word:
“The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)
And, in Christ, we already have “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” so that in Him we “have been made complete” (Colossians 2:3, 10).
Peter said that in the true and saving knowledge of Christ, we have “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
And, James 1:17 says “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Finally, but probably most importantly, we have the Holy Spirit, whose anointing, John says, “teaches us about all things.” I John 2:27
Hmmm, so according to God’s Word, in the deepest, eternal sense, we cannot have more of God than we now possess, or stated another way…we already have more of God than we need (“In Christ”) in order to experience the abundant life for which we so eagerly seek. Praise God! For every believer, the key to a productive, victorious, and yes, abundant life is not in getting more FROM God but in seeking and surrendering to what we already have…in Him!
As the old hymn says: “All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.”
Pray: Almighty God, I humbly come before you, acknowledging You as Lord and Savior of my life. It is through Christ and Christ alone, that You have given me all I need to experience the joys of the abundant life You told us about in Your Word. I surrender and give my all to You so that I can rest in the hope and assurance of Your grace. Thank you for the promises of Your Word and the hope we have in it. My heart’s desire is that I live my life in a way that would be pleasing and acceptable to You so that others would see You in me.
Deacon Chair and Sunday School Teacher
First Baptist Broken Arrow