An Abundance of Life
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
Abundance. We like that word.
It’s a word that makes us feel full and, therefore; brings us comfort.
It’s a word that brings a beautiful picture of overflow and multitude- something like that of a well that never runs dry. It makes us feel as if we’ll never run out of whatever we have or whatever we have been given.
Abundance isn’t dissatisfying. Its very nature is to be more than enough. It doesn’t leave you empty, but rather invades every space within you and still leaves you with more.
Do you ever find yourself longing for an extension of something in your life that you just desperately want more of?
The things that bring you happiness and seem to fill your heart, at least a little bit?
Maybe it’s friends, or maybe it’s family. Maybe it’s money, or even wisdom and knowledge.
We are creatures designed to be satisfied in something more than ourselves, and it’s natural to have these desperate longings.
But, if we were created for deep satisfaction in something other than ourselves, how do we obtain the thing that will quench the thirst of the souls inside of us?
If we’re honest, even when the longings for an extension of friends, family, money, wisdom, etc. come to fruition, they never actually completely hydrate that dry place within us.
We are starving for an abundant life and we’ve gotten it terribly wrong. We need not an abundant life, full of things, but rather an abundance of life; completely full of the one and only thing that could ever feed and satisfy our hungry souls. Jesus.
For so long, even being a Christ follower, I had terribly missed out on the abundance of life that Jesus has so graciously offered to me.
I found myself being consumed with all of the, what I called, “blessing of Jesus” such as: friends, family, my abilities, my passions, etc. and began to try and fulfill my deepest desires with those things. While those things can most definitely be, and are in my own life, blessings of Jesus; those blessings can become idols all too quickly when our desires for something lasting and eternal start to be momentarily satisfied due to the ramifications of a skewed perspective of Jesus.
My skewed perspective of Jesus showed me a Jesus who wanted me to indulge in all of the good things that He has to give, and does so graciously, all the while missing out on the great giver himself.
I had completely looked past the person of Jesus. The one I called Savior. The one I called Lord.
Where was I looking to when I was looking past Him? To myself. In a direction that skews our perspective all too often.
Jesus said he is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6 ESV). And he promised to give us life abundantly (John 10:10 ESV). If he is the very life that he promises to give abundantly, then this means that he has come to give us nothing less than all of Himself.
Remember when I said we were created to be satisfied in something more than ourselves? We were created to be satisfied in the person of Jesus Christ. Our Savior, Creator, Healer, Redeemer; our life.
When I began looking to myself I became consumed with what I wanted instead of what I needed. What I wanted never could satisfy any thirst or hunger within me. Why? Because things of this world are not abundant. They do not last. They perish.
The more we look to Jesus, we begin to not only know that we need Him, but desperately want him because he is the only thing that satisfies.
We crave the everlasting and we can freely have it.
Jesus came to give himself, all of himself, for us. He came that we may have an abundance of life and live in that abundance to be eternally satisfied and full in Him as we were created to be.
It took me a long time to not only know that I needed Jesus, but to actually want Him. To want to know Him personally; down to His very intimate being.
I had looked to myself for so long, unknowingly, that I was claiming to follow a Jesus that I didn’t truly know, but rather a Jesus that I had molded to fit my own selfish desires and wants; being content with looking right past truth.
When we catch a glimpse of Jesus’ face, look Him in His eyes, and stare into the heart that delights in our very being even when we don’t delight in Him; our perspective begins to shift and our wants and desires begin to transform.
I beg of you not to squander yourself on fleeting things of life, on selfish wants, and miss out on the abundance that you can have today.
What do you have to do to obtain it? Accept it.
It’s a free gift.
Jesus came to literally give all of himself for you and I. He died in our place. He rose again and conquered our sin and death. He is risen and reigning over all things. And today, he offers you abundance.
He wants to fill those desperate desires within you, and he’s the only one who can.
Will you accept?