The Abundant Life

I have been thinking about Jesus statement in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Of course if you follow Christ you get to the point where you have to ask, “Is this the abundant life? Because it sure doesn’t seem like it.” I heard someone say that the abundant life is really experiencing the depths of sorrow and the heights of joy. Without running from the sorrow or thinking that the joy is too much and choosing not to accept the gift. I have thought about this is a few ways. II Peter 3:8 “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” God sees and in some sense experiences each day so richly it is like each day takes a thousand years. As we live life with God living in us and through us we may get to experience part of that richness that God experiences everyday. I think any person can resonate with this desire to live life more richly an abundantly. I can never forget Jimmy Valvano at the ESPN award the Espy’s one year. He expressed this same that as he spoke knowing that he was dieing of cancer, “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” In some sense I think that he captures the thought that we all want to live the abundant life. And Jesus knows that desire that we have and came that we might have the abundant life.

About Dan Butz

I work with Cru in Leadership Development.
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