There’s life in Jesus: “I’ve got my salvation, my sins are forgiven, I’m headed to heaven, done.” And then there’s Abundant Life: joyous, overflowing, all of me for all of Him. “A hunger and thirst” (my mom called it), with the desire to find out what’s pleasing to God, Ephesians 5:10. There’s a difference.
I decided in my late teens I wanted that. Not just a resting-salvation, but a reaching for more and more of Him. The full and complete lacking nothing kind of maturity James talks about. I wanted to live for the One who gave His Life for me… or die trying.
Peter told the early church: “For you have been called for this purpose, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you would follow in His steps, HE WHO COMMITTED NO sin, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT found IN HIS MOUTH; and while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously…” 1 Peter 2:21-23 nasb.
Paul told Timothy, to”take hold of that which is truly Life” I Tim. 6:19. But what is truly-life? It’s a great question to ask whether books, movies, podcasts, or events. I aim to choose wisely… sometimes I miss. Jesus offered eternal life by faith, yet repeatedly said living like Him would make it “perissos” Greek for superfluous. Never the easy way, always the most rewarding.
Living superabundantly starts with getting my heart and mind in sync with God. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14. This is a daily prayer along with putting on His armor to fight the good fight, Ephesians 6:13. And lastly, asking for help to take advantage of the very best He has for me, so I can live what’s Truly Life.
ForGlorySake! – Anna