The Lord has been shedding new light on a verse that I’ve known for quite some time (His Word is living and active!). “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV). He used this verse when my mom was sick to teach me that even in the midst of something tough like cancer, He can give abundant life. He was so sweet to give us great moments of laughter with her at the beach, my wedding, my brother’s graduation, etc. All of those things were part of the abundant life that Jesus promises us.
I was so aware of seeing the promise of John 10:10 play out at that time in my life, but it seems that I have put that promise on the back burner in the mundane of life. Yes, ultimately, our abundant life will be with Christ in heaven, but Jesus promises to give us abundant life here on this earth, too. But it seems that I had forgotten this in the middle of diapers and sippy cup spills.
It’s so easy to slip into “survival” mode, isn’t it? To just get through each day without stopping to realize that Jesus is at work around us? This isn’t what He wants for us or from us. He wants us to thrive. He wants to give us His abundant life. He wants us to walk with Him in the everyday-ness of our life so that He can use us for His glory.
Friends, Jesus wants to give us abundant life today. He wants you to have abundant life as you do your third load of laundry for the day, or pick up the same toy for the tenth time. He wants you to have abundant life as you tackle that mound of paper work on your desk. He wants you to have abundant life as you study for your upcoming test. He wants you to have abundant life as you drudge through the traffic on your long commute.
Wherever you are in life, He wants abundant life for you. He wants to give you His joy and for you to experience Him at work. No, life will not be perfect. There’s so many Scriptures pointing to the fact that we will have trials in this life, but we can’t forget this Scripture. The devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy; he wants us to feel dragged down and defeated, because if that’s what being a Christian is about, then who would want that? Jesus offers us the opposite- abundant life- and when we live the abundant life that He has for us, He will be glorified (who doesn’t want abundant life?!).
Ask Jesus to show you the abundant life that He has given you. Ask Him for His joy and for Him to renew you. Ask Him to help you escape from “survival mode” and to thrive in the place where He has you. I asked Him for this, and I came back from the bathroom to my 2 year old finger painting with Zax sauce and dipping his pizza (from his Lunchable) in Zax sauce and then marinara sauce. It was a little messy and a lot gross, but it gave me a laugh. Friends, I pray that you have the joy that only Jesus can offer and that you experience His abundant life today, even if that comes in the form of Zax Sauce finger painting!