Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Abundant Life

Jesus said "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10). I realized recently that I have what Jesus was talking about! I'm quite sure there is much more to it, but I am also quite sure that I have at least a small corner of it.

For one thing, I have increasingly understood the wealth that surrounds me: a loving wife, a happy marriage, amazing children that delight my heart, incomparable friends on multiple continents, a ministry that makes a difference in people's lives...the list goes on, but those are some of the best of just the natural blessings. If you knew me you would know that I'm not talking about everything being perfect or everyone, I am not untouched by sickness, suffering and lack in myself or those close to me....but these things are nothing compared to the riches that have been given.

Abundant life is available to all. It will look different for each of us, but it is within reach for each of us. How does one attain it?

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6). We follow the way.....His way. There is no other way I know of that provides this abundant life.

For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (I Peter 2:25) We all have "strayed" but we can return! Jesus will take us back! There is no sin you or I can imagine that is stronger than His love.

If we get off "the way", we can return. There are many rewards of living in "the way", but one of them is the abundant life!