What does it mean to live an abundant life? Many would think of riches, big houses, and lavish clothes, but this is not what the abundant life is all about. These things are fine to have and whoever God entrusts them with it’s okay. The bible speaks a lot about being a good steward of what God has entrusted us with and it is important.
Let’s see what the word says about abundant life.
“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:7-10).
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). This abundant life is not about material things it is about spiritual abundance. No material thing can or should replace our need for spiritual guidance, instruction, wisdom, and understanding. The abundant life is one filled with centering that life around God and being a light in a dark world. The thieves and robbers in this scripture were the Pharisees full of knowledge but no sustenance of spiritual understanding.
Jesus wants us to understand that in Him the abundant life is found. We receive salvation, and spiritual guidance, we take on the characteristics of Jesus, our desire for the word grows, and our need for time with God increases. We are transformed into the new man or woman God has called us to be.
Stop chasing material things, status, money, big houses, designer bags, clothes, and shoes. None of those things have anything to do with the abundant life. We should be seeking the Kingdom of God and setting our eyes on the things above. The abundant life is bountiful. It should not be reduced to material things. Many people strive and strive and chase after these things and are still empty. Material things will never replace our need for spiritual nourishment.
I have chased status only to be left empty. I have chased money only to be overworked and empty. We need God and that won’t change no matter how high gas prices get. It won’t change no matter how much chicken costs in the grocery store. You can not do life without God no matter how hard you try.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Our spiritual health is just as valuable as our physical health. We must focus on getting our spiritual lives together. We need to ensure that we are living the life God has called us to and doing it His way. When we do not we face many consequences and challenges. God intended for our abundant life to be filled with spiritual prosperity, a relationship with God, compassion for others, the willingness to do what is right no matter the cost, and being a light to others.
The word of God shows us that abundant life is not about material things. It is about spiritual growth and maturity and building a relationship with God. Jesus said He was the door. We can do nothing without Him. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
When you look at an abundance again don’t look at material things. Measure the abundance with your spiritual maturity, how you live your life, and how often you seek God about His purpose for you and who you are in Christ. This is where you look for ways to ensure you are on the path with God.
The abundant life is a great life and all it requires is obedience to God and genuine godly living.