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Chapter 7 from GOD LOVES by Wayne Monbleau
The Abundance Of Life In Jesus
"I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" - Jesus - John 10:10
Abundant life is Jesus Christ. He is the abundant life. It's not what we do, or what we possess, or even what we believe - it's Him.
How many Christians are there who may feel as if the abundant life Jesus promised is nothing more than a distant hope? It's meant to be so much more. This message of abundant living - an experience of life so full and so wonderful that you can only call it abundant - has always been intended from the start to be the normal experience of the Christian life.
How can it be that we, God's own children, may believe so much and yet experience so little when it comes to realizing, and being delighted in, Christ as our abundant life?
The best place to begin is in simply accepting and understanding Jesus' words in the quote at the beginning of this chapter. Our Savior said He came to us, and for us, that we might have a richer, fuller experience of life. This life is not an object, quality, or gift to be given, as if it were something apart from God Himself. No, the life is God. God is the life. In John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." Jesus is the life, and when you begin to walk through each day more and more aware of His life and love as the life that lives within you, you will be living more abundantly. You may very well live in the exact same circumstances as you always have, but there is a new and enhanced quality to that life, because of Him "in Whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
Many miss this abundant life because they are waiting for some other worldly experience, mystical revelation, or overwhelming feeling to come over them. It's like someone who truly desires to hit the bulls eye but has no idea where the target is. Abundant life, blessedly, does not come in any other way than through the simple, child-like acknowledgment and acceptance of Christ living His life, motivated by His Own love, in you, through you and out of you to the world around you.
Once, while speaking to a group of religious leaders about their own mistaken search for "life," Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you might have life” (John 5:39-40). Jesus was describing a particular approach to, or mind set about, God. Here were people who had dedicated themselves to God, yet their faith was found more in figuring out the meaning of Bible verses than in being participants in a joy-filled living experience of life with the living God.
Some do the same thing today whenever they treat Scripture as if it were only a code book or list of beliefs. Instead of letting the word "bear witness" of Jesus, drawing them up into His life, some are caught in the trap of using the Bible to figure things out. They look for truths in the Bible but miss the truth that is Christ. God has given His word to us that we might experience true abundant life in Him, yet still some dedicate themselves to dissecting rather than digesting God’s Word. They allow their mind to get in front of their heart and then they wonder why they are not experiencing abundant life.
However, the same good news then remains good news now. Jesus has never changed His purpose - He is still issuing the invitation for us to come to Him, anew and afresh, to start walking in Him today as our own personal abundant life. Searching the Scriptures can be a dead end when they are viewed as an end in and of themselves. The life is not in the Scripture itself. But the Scriptures WILL and DO come to life when we let them speak to our hearts about Jesus, and attract us to Jesus. Searching the Scriptures is a blessing when we allow them to bear witness of Jesus to us, so we may come to Him and have life, His life, more abundantly.
I am thankful to God for the privilege He gives us in knowing Him and I am grateful for the blessed privilege of sharing in His abundant life. Let us continue experiencing and reveling in this abundance of life that is Jesus. May His life empower and encourage each of us abundantly every day, so we may rejoice in the Lord always and that others may know our Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Then beginning with Moses
and with all the prophets, He (Jesus)
explained to them the things concerning
Himself in all the Scriptures.”
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