Abundant Life

July 5, 2017

 

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

Abundant Life

When we talk about abundant life, where do your thoughts go?  Do they go to your natural man, your financial success, your health and the resources of this world?  Indeed God’s abundant life touches us on a natural plane, but if that is where our focus is then we’ve missed the bigger picture. 

If the thief, which we know as satan, only comes to steal, to kill and destroy, then why are so many non-Christians blessed and prospering in this life.  The quality of life we are talking about here is the Greek word Zoë, God life.  One definition states, “life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.”  While satan is out to steal, kill and destroy, his focus is upon the “God life,” not just the breath of life.  When the Zoë of a person is robbed, killed or destroyed then what hope is left for a man?  Separation from God is the ultimate darkness.   While some may scorn God in this life, they have no concept of the life they have forsaken and given up. 

The Apostle Paul brings this concept of abundant life into more focus in 1 Corinthians 15:9.  He says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”  Paul wasn’t experiencing the abundant life as a big bank account and vacation home in Athens.  In this life he experienced great tribulation and hardships.  The revelation that he had was that this natural life was his investment into the abundant life he knew in Christ.  It is not the seed itself that is the abundance, it is as it dies and gives place to the life within that abundance is released.  It is not in the corruptible that we find the fullness of abundant life, but in the incorruptible, the resurrection life. 

It is not in the abundance of this natural life that we rejoice or find the proof of abundant life.  If we are blessed in our natural lives that is all well and good, but that is not the measure of God’s abundant life.  Your abundant life is found in Christ.  It is in your relationship with Him and the hope you have in Him.  This natural life is but a corruptible seed planted in the ground.  The question of abundant life is in what it brings forth through its death, not what it possesses in this life.

We want our life seed to possess the DNA of Christ in it.  He is the essence of our abundant life, in this life and that, which is to come.  Don’t allow satan or any one to steal that from you.  The faith we have in Christ lives out of the abundance of who we are in Him.

 

blessings,

#kent

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