Thursday, “Living in Abundance”
Listen to what Jesus says to the disciples when he is talking about being the Good Shepherd in John 10:10b-11, “…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” When Jesus said these words a number of the Jews were beside themselves and said, “19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” People had no idea what Jesus was talking about. We have the privilege to know exactly what Jesus is talking about. The “Good News” is that Jesus has given us an abundant life, a life we can live out every day. When he rose from the dead, we rose with him into this new, amazing life.
Let us pray into how our abundance impacts or should impact those around us,
- Keeping our perspective heavenward
- Let us not be materialistic, but rather generous givers
- We have been liberated from the bondage of sin
- Remembering that we have been clothed in righteousness Isaiah 61:10
“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
- See the poverty of those that do not know the “Good News”, stir our hearts with compassion.
- In our wealth of understanding the Gospel, walk in Humility towards others.
- He is the source of our abundance. Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
- Let us use our abundance we have in Christ to transform our attitudes, character, personality and behaviors.
In Christ, a believer is wealthy beyond compare. These earthly possessions are nothing in comparison to the rewards that await us in Heaven. Matthew 5:12, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
As a Christian we should not be concerned regarding what we do not have, when we have so much. Let us not value what the world values, for it only pays in counterfeit money.
We are children of the living God, and our inheritance is found in him.
Lord hear our prayers!
Warren and Team