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Abundant Life

September 23, 2009

How do we lock on to some verses and just never let them go? You would almost think that the Bible begins with, “In the beginning God came to give us abundant life…”

In John 10:10 we find that fateful verse that has been deployed so often in the American Church as a promise made to all. Now, I know what you are thinking, it is what Jesus said. Well he certainly did but what did he mean and have we ever stopped to think about how focusing on that verse and this idea has totally stilted the American church?

What happens to the broken person who comes to Christ because he promises abundant life and there life is a mess? What happens when they still struggle with all of the same feelings the day after they surrender their life to Christ? What happens when the marriage is still the same, the job, the kids? What happens when our American idea of abundant life and the very reason they look to Christ seems to fall short?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

What if the way the thief has come to steal and kill and destroy is to get people obsessed with their life and it being “good”? What happens if the church is just playing into Satan’s hand by twisting a statement of Jesus into something he never intended?

I wonder what abundant life meant to Peter when Jesus explained later in the gospel of John just how he would die. I agree it was abundant, just not how we American’s typically measure or look for abundant.

I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” John 21:18, 19

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 11:02 pm

    Great question. When God (II Cor. 1:18-20) says everything is a yes, it can only happen if we have the God-perspective on abundant life. It is abundant on top and in the pit; as the key-noters or the patient in the emergency room….wherever God has us….it is a “yes”.

    Love you today!

  2. September 24, 2009 10:01 pm

    Thank you sir.

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