What is abundant Christian life?
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus tells us that He has come to give us abundant (more than enough in quantity and quality) life. He is not talking about finance, position or possessions but He is talking about life itself. Our fullness of life comes from having a living relationship with God. The best definition I have ever heard of Christianity is:
A living relationship , with
A living God, through
His living Son, by
The power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us.
If our relationship with God is right, the other things will automatically follow.
We often look at abundance as finance, position or possessions, having physical things that improve our physical life, living in big houses, driving the best cars and living a life of luxury and Jesus also agrees with us.
Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
But He tells us that the most important thing is to put God first and to seek His Kingdom.
Once we truly enter the Kingdom of God, all our needs will be met.
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was He answered:
Mar_12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
God’s desire is that we all will love Him and be obedient to Him so that He can supply all our needs and be one with Him.
God also loves us and has made a way for this to be possible:
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
As we read through the Bible we see that God gives us examples in teaching and training of what He wants from us and how we can achieve it. He gives us plans and promises and the terms and conditions of how to apply them. God made us perfect, in His image, and He wants us to be like that so that He is able to have true fellowship with us, as with Adam before he was separated by sin, walking and talking in the cool of the day.
God gave man a free will and because of sin we often make the wrong decisions.
The best way to help us make the right decisions is to build a personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father, and the best way to do this is by spending time with Him in prayer. (Read more)