Have you heard the saying “If nothing changes, nothing changes”? You and I can easily get stuck in routines, leading to joyless or empty lives. Our John 10:10 Abundant Life Tool can help.
Unless we’re intentional, we can fall into a trap of year over year seeing little growth in godliness.
But we can change that path with one small step each day, by abiding in Jesus through the empowerment of the Spirit.
We realize the start of a new year reignites in many people the desire to pursue a fulfilling and meaningful life. In this pursuit, many strive for a life of abundance. Maybe you are planning your year out right now, or you’ve given up on your New Year’s resolutions. Not so fast.
If one of your goals is to live an abundant life, we’ve created a complimentary life assessment tool to help you take the first step. This John 10:10 Abundant Life Tool is a bit different.
It is important that we understand there is a crucial difference between “abundance” and the “abundant life” Jesus promises.
Let’s define our terms. What does abundance mean to you?
Abundance, in its general sense, often refers to a surplus or excess of material possessions, financial wealth, or tangible resources. Many people consider abundance to be a byproduct of prosperity and success.
While the Bible acknowledges the importance of God’s provision and blessing in our lives, it also encourages us, as believers, to embrace a higher understanding of abundance—one that is far greater than mere material possessions.
You may remember, Jesus instructs us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt. 6:19-21).
But perhaps the most common verse quoted on the topic of abundance is John 10:10. Yet, it comes with a warning:
Jesus highlights the vast contrast between the destructive intentions of the enemy and His promise of abundant life. A promise that goes beyond worldly goods and encompasses a life rich in purpose, joy, and spiritual fulfillment through an assurance of salvation and deep connection with God.
This spiritual richness extends to the emotional, financial, mental, and relational dimensions of our existence.
Throughout Scripture, different Bible verses point to the multifaceted notion of abundant life. God is not limited in providing for your earthly needs.
The abundant life you have access to in Christ Jesus goes far beyond this temporary reality and into the realm of eternity.
Ephesians 3:20 amplifies the eternal and limitless nature of God’s abundance: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” God’s ability to surpass your human expectations and imagination reflects the extravagance of His blessings.
Together, let’s remember to think about abundance with an eternal mindset, and that mindset starts with humility.
Yes, humility is required in the pursuit and acceptance of the abundant life Jesus has promised.
In John 3:30 John the Baptist declares, “He must become greater and I must become less.” Will we say the same?
Acknowledging God’s greatness and surrendering our pride and the other things that defined our old identities are essential components of a life filled with God’s abundance.
Embracing the abundant life Jesus promised involves a profound inward transformation, one that sheds the burdens of the past and embraces the newness that comes with a relationship with Christ.
Psalm 16:11 emphasizes the spiritual dimension of abundant life, where joy and eternal pleasures are found in the presence of God:
Matthew 6:33 accentuates the pursuit of the Kingdom of God as a key to abundance: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
As you prioritize spiritual growth and align with God’s will, you can safely trust that He will provide for your temporal needs.
To help you take small steps each day toward Jesus’s promised abundant life, consider first examining your starting point and tracking next steps using our complimentary “John 10:10 Abundant Life Tool”.
You’ll be evaluating key life categories through the lens of John 10:10, and will be provided with practical next steps used for growth.
This tool is most helpful when used with others who can help you pay attention to God. Consider using it during staff meetings, Bible studies, or family meetings. Either way, let this tool encourage and equip you to take steps toward living the abundant life Jesus promised.
While abundance may encompass the tangible goods of this world, the abundant life, as promised by Jesus, extends into eternal richness.
As you humbly embrace transformation, find fullness of joy in His presence, and prioritize the Kingdom of God, you open yourself to the abundant blessings that God graciously gives those who walk in His ways. Once again, it’s an unexplainable Ephesians 3:20 blessing.
I pray that you and I experience the abundant life that can only be found and enjoyed in an abiding relationship with Jesus. Let’s be ALL IN with Him.