So being a Christian is synonymous with having an abundant life? Great…where do I sign up? Has God promised us a rich, abundant life? Well yes and no. Today’s post on living as a Christian will focus on what a rich, abundant life really means in God’s eyes. First let’s look at the verse that sparked this study, John 10:10. Jesus said in that passage, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”. Some versions refer to it as an abundant life. There is no doubt that God provides us wonderful physical blessings but many have interpreted this verse to mean that God promises what we would call the good life. Wealth, power, life on easy street. If you’ve taken time to read much of the rest of bible or study the lives of Christ’s followers, you’ll know practicing a Christian life is anything but easy. So what does this “abundant life” mean? We must shift into eternal thinking and read some other passages to fully understand this concept.
Lets look at 2 Corinthians 9:8. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” The abundant life is about the grace of God as well. It’s about using that grace through the work we do for others. God blesses us so we can then bless those around us. It’s a beautiful way to show the love of God to the world and praise Him for that love he shows us.
The abundant life is also a life of power, or better yet, of God’s power living through us. Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.” We need to view ourselves as vessels carrying the message and power of God throughout the world.
Finally, the abundant life is having our needs met. “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Suffice it to say that needs and wants are two very different things. But like the parable of the talents teaches, those who use God’s gifts wisely will be blessed with more. God has always provided for his children…the entire bible speaks that message. All we need to do is put our trust in him, obey and practice his teachings, and he will give us that abundant life we all hope for.