A fulfilled life?

558 a fulfilled lifeJesus clearly stated that He came to make those who accept Him live a full life. He said, "I have come that they may have life in abundance" (Jn 10,10). I ask you, "What is a fulfilling life?" Only when we know what a life of abundance looks like can we judge whether the promise of Jesus Christ is indeed true. If we look at this question solely from the point of view of the physical aspect of life, the answer to it is quite simple, and it would probably always be the same regardless of the particular place of life or culture. These would certainly include good health, strong family ties, good friendships, sufficient income, interesting, challenging and successful work, recognition from others, a say, variety, healthy food, enough peace or leisure time.
If we changed our perspective and looked at life from a biblical perspective, the list would look very different. Life goes back to a Creator, and although it initially refused humanity to live in close relationship with it, it loves people and has a plan to bring them back to their Heavenly Father. This promised plan to divine salvation is revealed to us in the story of God's dealings with us humans. The work of his son Jesus Christ has paved the way back to him. This includes the overshadowing promise of eternal life, which we lead together with him in intimate father-child relationship.

The priorities that define our lives are significantly influenced by the Christian perspective, and our definition of a fulfilled life also looks completely different.
At the top of our list would probably be a reconciled relationship with God, as well as the hope of eternal life, the forgiveness of our sins, the purity of our conscience, a clear sense of purpose, the participation in God's purpose here and now, the reflection of the divine Nature in the imperfection of this world, as well as touching our fellow human beings with God's love. The spiritual aspect of a fulfilled life triumphs over the desire for complete physical-physical fulfillment.

Jesus said, "Whoever wants to keep his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, he will keep it. For what does it help man to win the whole world and to take damage to his soul? »(Mk 8,35-36). So you could record all the points listed on the first list and still lose eternal life - life would be wasted. On the other hand, if you can claim the points listed on the second list, your life, even if you are not listed on the first list, will be blessed with overwhelming success in the very sense of the word.

We know from the Old Testament that God was in close relationship with the tribes of Israel. He affirmed this by a covenant he made with them on Mount Sinai. It included the obligation to obey his commandments and blessings in the case of obedience or curses that would be obtained as a result of disobedience (5, Mo 28, 3, Mo 26). The promised blessings that were to follow the covenant were largely material in nature - healthy cattle, good harvests, victories over enemies of the state, or rain in due time.

Jesus, however, came to make a new covenant based on his sacrificial death on the cross. This was associated with promises that went far beyond the physical blessings of "health and prosperity" which the one promised under the Old Covenant concluded on Mount Sinai. The New Covenant offered "better promises" (Hebr 8,6), which include the gift of eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit working within us, a close father-child relationship with God, and more , These promises provide us with eternal blessings - not just for this life, but for all time.

"The fulfilled life" that Jesus offers you is much richer and more profound than a good life in the here and now. We all want to live a good life in this world - no one would seriously prefer the pain to well-being! Seen from a different perspective and judged from a distance, it becomes clear that your life can only find meaning and purpose in spiritual riches. Jesus remains true to his word. He promises you «true life in its fullness» - and now lets it be yours.

by Gary Moore