A life in abundance
«Christ came to bring them life - life in fullness» (John 10:10). Did Jesus promise you a life abounding in wealth and prosperity? Is it right to bring worldly concerns before God and to demand them from him? If you own more material goods, do you have more faith because they are blessed?
Jesus said, “Watch and beware of all greed; because nobody lives from having lots of goods » (Luke 12,15). The value of our life is not measured according to our material wealth. On the contrary, instead of comparing our possessions with one another, we should first seek the Kingdom of God and not worry about our worldly care (Matthew 6,31: 33).
Paul is particularly knowledgeable about living a full life. Regardless of whether he was humiliated or praised, his stomach was full or growling empty, he was in a social community or he suffered alone, he was always satisfied and thanked God in every situation (Philippians 4,11-13; Ephesians 5,20). His life shows us that we get an abundant life regardless of our financial and emotional life situation.
Jesus tells us the reason why he came to this earth. He speaks of a life to the fullest and means life in eternity. The phrase "to the fullest" originally comes from Greek (gr. perissos) and means «continuing; more; beyond all masses »and refers to the small inconspicuous word« life ».
Jesus not only promises us a future life in full excess, but gives it to us already now. His presence in us adds something immeasurable to our existence. Through his existence in our lives, our lives are worth living and the numbers in our bank account move him into the background.
In John chapter ten, it is the shepherd who is the only way to the Father. It is important to Jesus that we have a good and positive relationship with our Heavenly Father because this relationship is the foundation of a life in full. Through Jesus, we not only receive eternal life, but we are already allowed to establish a close relationship with God through him.
People associate wealth and abundance with material possessions, but God points us to a different view. His abundant life for us is abounding with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control, compassion, humility, modesty, strength of character, wisdom, enthusiasm, dignity, optimism, self-confidence, honesty and above all with a living relationship with him. Through material wealth, they are not given life to the full, but it is given to them by God when we have them given to them. The more you open your heart to God, the richer your life will be.
by Barbara Dahlgren