“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Abundant life, isn’t that what we all want? But, how should we define the abundant life?[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Abundant Life”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
As Americans, we’ve come to define the abundant life as the Madison Avenue lifestyle. Our culture tells us we deserve a big house with a view, an expensive import in the driveway and a fat 401k. If we’re honest with ourselves, deep down we know this is not abundant living….
No one has ever seen a hearse with a U-Haul in tow, full of the deceased’s possessions and trophies. All that stuff we bought at the Stuff-Mart is one day going to end up in a garbage heap.
If Abundant living isn’t Madison Avenue, then what is it? God has placed inside every one of us a desire to be a part of something larger than ourselves. Our lives only have significance when we become a part of the larger story God is unfolding in human history.[callout]I would define the abundant life as: our hearts being redeemed, aligned with God’s, fully alive, and free to be all that God created us to be.[/callout]
“Forgiven and on my way” is the mantra of many churches I’ve been a part of over the years. (John 10:10) doesn’t say I came that they might have forgiveness… period. He came to bring us life: L-I-F-E in all its fullness.
The abundant life isn’t all about self-sacrifice, killing your desire, and dying to self either. God has much better, and more complete plans for us than that. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I would define the abundant life as: our hearts being redeemed, aligned with God’s, fully alive, and free to be all that God created us to be.
If we’re living the abundant life, then we’ll produce fruit for the kingdom, and we’ll take more people to heaven with us. We’ll experience all the fruit of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22-23) and our presence will be a blessing to those around us.
As an added bonus, we’ll have health, relational connectedness, laughter, and fulfillment along the way. This may sound like utopia to most, but this is what is available to us as believers.
The abundant life brings meaning, and purpose to our existence. Helping us find this life is why Jesus came. He came to restore us and make us whole. This is his self-proclaimed mission statement. (Luke 4:18)
We’ve been set free not only from sin and death, which is awesome in itself, but free to grow and become the men and women he had in mind when he created us. (Ephesians 2:5) (Ephesians 2:10). That’s abundant life
We must understand that God has determined our time in history and even where we’re living. (Acts 17:26), every life is precious, (Psalm 139:14) and each and every one of us has a unique role to play in the greatest story ever told, the restoration of mankind. (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11) (Ephesians 4:11-12) (Matthew 28:19-20)
We’ve been so conditioned to expect sickness and disease that it almost sounds heretical to claim that God wants us healthy. Consider these passages: (3 John 1:2) (Psalm 103:2-5)
When Jesus made the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, he told the disciples to untie a donkey and its colt. They were to tell the owner that “The master has need of them”. (Matthew 21:2-3) A.W. Tower in his book Pursuing God suggests that the same could be said of our bodies. The master has need of us.
Yes, God is self-sufficient. He doesn’t “need” us. But, he wants to partner with us in the great commission, the salvation, and restoration of mankind. (Matthew 28:19-20) The eternal destiny of someone we know may very well be on the line.
Since the stakes are so high, we are instructed to lives our lives like a an athlete that has a passion to win. (1 Corinthians 9:24) (Hebrews 12:1) Don’t settle for a ball and chain of compromised health hindering your progress toward your destiny.
The abundant life that Jesus promised is available. It brings with it joy and fulfillment. Being handicapped in our pursuit of real life because of poor health should be the rare exception to the rule, not the norm. The vast majority of us are capable of vibrant health and vitality. This blog is about helping you find it.
Once we recover our vitality, we’ll find our zest for living, joy, satisfaction, productivity and effectiveness will all increase dramatically. Not only that, life is just more fun.[Tweet “”The vast majority of us are capable of vibrant health and vitality.” David Sandstrom”]
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