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Living Like Jesus (Part 1)

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Abundant life! What does that mean? Well, abundant life is a life that is not in need. You don’t need to find food, you have it. You don’t need to find water, you have it. You don’t need to find a place to live, you live somewhere. You don’t need to find a job, you have a job.

It doesn’t mean you have millions of dollars. I think abundance is having enough, plus some for somebody else. And if you have enough, and you have extra, then you live in abundance.

Consumerism can actually kill people. You can get caught up into buying more stuff for yourself, stuff you don’t even need, while there are people who will die if they don’t get your help.  That’s the situation we’re in.

I know people are going to tell me, “Well, Jeremy, you have trinkets.” It’s true! I have an iPad, an iPhone, and a laptop. I’ve got three things that get on the internet all at once. Maybe that’s excessive! But I also give to other things that are more important.

Clean water is abundant life. We saw the joy clean water brings when Generation Alive built a well in a Ugandan village.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have anything. But if you never even have a mindset to help someone in need? That’s shallow. I’m not saying that you should never buy anything for yourself. I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying that if our drive, our heart, our focus, is simply to make sure we have what we need, then we have the wrong heart. If we’re always saying, “I want this and I want that, and I know I could live without it but I’m going to get it and I’m going to get that too,” and we don’t have a thought for anybody else, then we have the wrong mindset.

An abundant lifestyle is so much more than having a lot of consumer goods. We think “abundance” and we see dollar signs. I think that’s America. But abundance can mean something really different in other parts of the world.

You could go somewhere else in the world and ask, “What does abundance mean to you?” And they’ll say, “You know when I have abundance? It’s when I’ve got a home. I don’t care if it’s a 600 square foot home. It’s a home. My family now doesn’t have to live on the streets. I’ve got that, my kids are going to school, I’ve got a job, we’ve got food on the table, I’ve got a fresh water well to get well water from, my kids aren’t dying of dysentery. That’s abundance. I know what it was like to not have these things, and so now that I have them? And my family’s safe? That’s abundance.”

We need to help make that happen. We’re ambassadors for Christ! He said He came so that we may have life and life abundantly. He gave us the message, He gave us the example, and He gave us that quality of life when He was on earth. These things didn’t leave with Him when He left. He gave them so that we’d live by them, and if we are to represent Him, we need to do a better job of bringing abundance to others.

2 thoughts on “Living Like Jesus (Part 1)

  1. Are you sure that “abundant life” is about “material” things? I believe we can be poor as dirt and still have abundant life in Christ. Things like peace, joy, contentment, the love of Christ and tasting that heavenly gift of knowing you are secure in Him no matter what state you find yourself. Paul said that he could be abased or abound, the secret was to be content. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Then he says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13
    In my opinion, that is the abundant life, Paul had abundant life! The world can only give you temporary things or fixes, the abundant life is eternal.
    I completely understand what you are saying about giving to the poor, that should be in the heart of every believer (we show our faith by our works) but I truly believe that the Lord was going into a much deeper sense of the meaning of “abundant life” than just worldly possesions.
    God bless!

    • Hi Natalie, I see your point, and I agree with you. In fact, one of the things that rich Americans (and comparatively speaking, all Americans are rich compared to the world’s poor) continually learn is that as they shed possessions, life becomes more abundant. That’s a practical reason to sell all you have and give it to the poor (or at least, not bother to accumulate assets in the first place).

      But I saw something different at work in this post. If my family did not have access to clean water, and I had to watch my child suffer from chronic dysentery and could do nothing for her, then I think I would have to be purposefully crazy to claim contentment, not to mention joy. Let’s face it: if Paul ever had a family, we don’t hear about them. He was a bit of a lone wolf. It would kill me inside to watch my child suffer and be helpless about it.

      So when I hear Jesus say that He came so that they may have abundant life, I don’t kid myself that He was talking about me. I’m sure He loves me. I couldn’t be more sure. But I have NO PROBLEMS compared to my sisters everywhere in the world. I’m fat and cozy and healthy and I have enough.

      I love Him too, so when those He loves suffer, I am driven to do something about it. I wave my hand in the air. I say, “Lord, call me. Let me help your suffering children. You’ve blessed me in ways the women of Afghanistan, Malawi, and Haiti can’t even dream about. Let me use those blessings to do your work.”

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