I want more. Jesus has set a high standard, heights above mediocrity. In John 10:10 He declares His mission in fewer than 15 words: “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (CSB). Who would fight a mission like that? Who wouldn’t want to get onboard immediately?
I am a very visual person, so when I hear this statement I begin to imagine what that life actually looks like. The words form a frame and I fill them with images and color. I animate the picture with movement and sound. I see my brown skin, crinkled in the most wonderful way as it seeks to express the immeasurable joy that swells up from within. I hear the sound of laughter: laughter that perseveres in high tide and low tide. What do you think of when you think of an abundant life?
If we have what Jesus had in mind, our vision should look like our entire beings made fat on His presence-on the reality of His very life freely expressed in and through us.
This is what Jesus had in mind:
The Good News is that Jesus Christ has perfectly fulfilled the requirements for our access, to both life and life more abundantly:
We must deny ourselves by daily laying down our thoughts, expectations, purposes in all areas of our lives, i.e. spiritually, emotionally, physically, relationally, financially and vocationally. We must take up His cross daily (symbolic of His all sufficient and eternal provision for our souls in this world and the life to come), allowing the reality of who He is and what He has accomplished on our behalf to inform our entire living. We must follow Him daily by embracing His thoughts, expectations, purposes and plans in every aspect of our lives, i.e. spiritually, emotionally, physically, relationally, financially and vocationally. (Proverbs 3: 5 - 6).
Beloved, it is in our daily denial of ourselves, taking up of His cross and following Him, that we enter into the abundant life Jesus has in mind for us.
Prepare your girl to discern between her own thoughts, expectation and purposes and God’s by giving her a Bible she can begin to read, meditate on and study with you. Receive guidance on how to select the appropriate Bible for her needs by reading this resource by The Gospel Project: 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bible for Your Child.
How does today’s sharing invite you, as a child of God, to live? (Hint: use the categories below to help you reflect).
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together.