2001-03-19 - Life: Abundant
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
The percentage of Americans that want to change their bodies in some way is 75%. The percentage of Americans that would want to change their intelligence is 13%. It is true that "abundant life" is defined differently by different people. The Bible also has several ways to describe what life is. James 4:14 tells us that our lives are only a vapor. "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
Job 14:1, 2, tells us that, "Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil. Like a flower he comes forth and withers …" So what is this abundant life that Christ speaks of in this passage? There are several ways, I think, that we can have more abundant life in Christ, but I will focus on only one. Christ offers more abundant life, to His children, than they would have had if they were not living in Christ.
Abundant life is a growing in godliness. It is a progressive continuation in sanctification. Under the guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit we progress in what many have called, vital godliness. It is not easy, of course, but the Spirit does renew us day by day, and this is abundant life. An example of this growth can be seen in Christ's parable of the mustard seed, Matthew 13:32. While it starts off small it grows larger than many other plants. So it is with our faith and walk with Christ. It begins as something that is fairly undeveloped, but over time, it grows and we begin to experience abundant living.
Vital godliness is something that must be cultivated in order for it to exist. Wisdom would lead us to seek more since we know that it is attainable. It is true that Christ came to give us life, but He did more than that, He came that we might have abundant life.
"So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19
Soli Deo Gloria,