The Abundance of Life
by Barry Bennett
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” –John 10:10b
When Jesus uttered these words, He was revealing the eternal heart of the Father for mankind. It was always God’s desire for us to know Him and to enjoy His infinite provision and life.
The fact that Jesus said this abundant life was the purpose of His coming reveals that lost humanity had neither life nor abundance. When Adam and Eve chose independence from God, they allowed the power of darkness, sickness, death, loss, poverty and suffering to overwhelm mankind.
Abundant life was not a possibility.
We have become so accustomed to suffering and lack that to contemplate abundant life challenges the faith of many. Some have even embraced suffering and lack as God’s way of perfecting us.
“. . . not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” –Titus 3:5-6
The abundant life begins at the new birth.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on us abundantly according to His mercy. There is no lack for the believer. There is only the infinite provision of the Spirit that can bring grace to every area of our lives. It is called the “abundance of grace” in Romans 5:17.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” –Ephesians 3:20
Exceeding abundance is possible according to the Spirit that was poured out on us abundantly. We simply need a new vision and a revelation of the depths of God’s love for us.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” –2 Corinthians 9:8
Are you ready for abundant life?
Have you believed in the abundance of the new creation? Are you experiencing the fruit of this abundance, (i.e., love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control)? Do you have God’s abundance for every good work?
How big are you able to “ask and think”? The power within you is abundant. Jesus came to give you this abundance. Let your heart be filled with the possibilities and begin to believe and receive God’s abundant life.