The Word of God is amazing! It is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) The Word of God continually challenges me, inspires me, and encourages me. One verse in particular that encourages me every time I read it is John 10:10. In this verse Jesus declares the purpose of His coming to earth. He says, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Jesus Made a Way
The New Living Translation translates the word abundantly as a life that is “rich and satisfying.” The Message Bible says, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” Jesus came so you and I not only can have eternal “life”, but also to have a life that is greater and better than we ever dreamed of – He came so we could have an “Abundant Life”. The abundant life is not something that’s beyond your reach. Why? Because Jesus has made a way.
Two Keys to the Abundant Life
The first major key is to Know Jesus. To live a life that is rich and satisfying is found only by putting your total trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior – every day. The abundant life is not achieved through our own efforts, but by recognizing that on our own we are totally inadequate.
We aren’t strong enough or smart enough to experience the abundant life in and of ourselves. It is only experienced by “looking unto Jesus” – the author and perfecter of our faith. It is in Him that we are able to live, move, and have our being. In other words to live the abundant life we must “know Jesus”. This means we need to have a personal relationship with Him. It is not enough to just know about Jesus, but we need to know Him personally.
We are Weak and He is Strong
When we recognize and accept this truth about our own neediness and God’s greatness Jesus then is able to live His life of perfect love in and through us. Then and only then will we truly experience the abundant life – a life that is greater and better than we ever dreamed. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:1) So, to experience a life that is rich and satisfying requires us to know Jesus more and more.
The second major key is reading and studying the Word of God. To experience a life that is rich and satisfying requires a daily intake of spiritual food – the Word of God. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) It is through the Word of God we get to know Jesus better. God reveals Himself to us through His Word. When we study the Word we grow in our knowledge of Him. This enforces the first major key of the abundant life of “Knowing Jesus”.
Meditate Day and Night on His Word
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” There are several Biblical truths that help us stay on course and grow in our faith. We learn about these by meditating on the Word of God.
Rich and Satisfying Life – found in God’s Word
You and I are able to live the abundant life because we have been given the Word of God! God’s Word is our our road map for every detail of our lives. It has all the information we need to live life that is rich and satisfying. The Bible gives us the keys to living a life of success God’s way! It shows us how to overcome and persevere through tests and trials. I teaches us about integrity and proper priorities. Read, study, and meditate on the Word every day because they hold the key to abundant, victorious life with Him forever.
Free Bible Reading Plan
I have a Bible Reading Plan that will help your read through the whole Bible in a year. I call it the “The 57 Bible Plan” 5 minutes – 7 days a week to read through the Bible in one year. You can download for free – CLICK HERE
Monthly Bible Lesson – for the abundant life
Beginning in January 2017 I will be sending out 3 teachings each month on “How to live a life of Victory”. They will be short devotional type teachings on Biblical truths and principles for the abundant life. If you would like to receive them in your email box each month you can sign up for it – CLICK HERE