Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Abundant Life

One of the most oft-quoted verses is John 10:10: "...I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
This is a favorite verse of a self-indulgent culture, used to support and confirm our excessive and extravagant lifestyles. We have somehow gotten the idea that this verse validates lavishing ourselves with good things. But we've missed the significance of what Jesus is saying due to our consumeristic mentality.
The abundance is not for us, but is to be given out to others who are in need. The abundance is the overflow of what we have need of. The Scriptures make it clear that we use what is sufficient to meet our needs, and the abundant overflow is to be given to those still in need. 2 Corinthians 8:13-15 clearly speaks to this point, as does 2 Corinthians 9:8-9.
What would happen if every believer began to practice giving their spiritual and material abundance to those in need? What changes in our lifestyle would be necessary to start giving of our abundance to others in need?
Maybe the first question we need to consider is whether we are even aware that we have an abundance. Is it possible that we have grown so accustomed to our lavish lifestyle that we mistakenly assume that all we have is not abundance, but merely that which is only sufficient to meet our needs?

brilliant! I love it.
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