What is life in Christ? How can it be abundant and beautiful? These are questions I have struggled with in my adult life. As I have walked through the joys of life and the troubles of life. When I was a young girl, I always thought life as an adult would be great especially if Christ were on my side. Boy was I blindsided, when I began to try and live an abundant life like I had always dreamed.
In the book of John, Jesus tells us that he came not only to give us life, but more abundant life (John 10:10). I know he came to give us eternal life, life that took away the curse and punishment of death. However, as he speaks of a more abundant life, what does he have in mind? What about the other verses that tell us about persecution and trouble (John 15:18-25). How can we live a live that is full of problems and pain and experience this abundant life? How do you accept this truth without joining the ranks of the health, wealth and prosperity Christians?
Here are 4 truths to embrace about Christ and His Promise of an abundant life.
1. He gave his life for our life. (John 15:11, 17-18)
We can believe His claim because He gave his life. He willingly laid his life down to take our place. We can clearly see his loving care in His actions towards His own.
2. He will not abandon. (John 15:12-13)
He promised not to leave us. He told us, there are those whose intentions were to kill and destroy, but that was not His intent. He proclaimed that he cared for us and would take care of us.
3. He knows his own. (John 15:3, 14)
We can rest and rejoice in the fact that Christ knows us by name (vs.3) and that He knows all about who we are and our needs. We are also given the promise that we can know Him intimately (vs.14).
4. He is enough for life. (John 15:3,9)
As Jesus is portraying a relationship between a Shepard and sheep, he tells us in verse 3 He leads us, that we can trust him to be there and lead us faithfully. Verse 9 is a bit more puzzling. What does it mean that we can go in and out to find pasture (vs.9)? How does that apply to us, since we are not sheep? A sheep would need to have safety and good pastures to thrive in its existence. In Christ, he is saying he is giving us safety and nourishment to thrive in our existence. Basically, we can live our life in Him and find everything we need, from protection, comfort, rest, nourishment, and shelter. He is enough for Life!
There will be problems in life. We were not promised health, wealth and prosperity. In these verses we read that He loving knows us and cares for us. We can have and abundant life full of peace, rest, and fulfillment in Christ. Trust in His care for you and live a truly abundant, beautiful life!
Are you living abundantly in Christ? Are you trusting in His care and provision? Are you resting in the fact that he knows you personally?
If you are not you can. He is the good Shepard that lay down His life for the sheep. In addition, he wants to be reunited with you. Come to Him today and find rest.
Question: What are you trusting God for today? Comment below.
“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 (John 10:10).”