'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.' John 10:10.
Jesus was very clear that He came to offer us an 'abundant' life, one free from worry and regret and unforgiveness, yet many of us wonder aimlessly through life without truly living the abundant life Christ intended for us to live.
Sadly, many of us are Swimming with Bowling Balls. We're struggling through life, barely keeping ours heads above water and we're doing that while carrying 'bowling balls' we just weren't intended to carry. Just as if you were really trying to swim while carrying bowling balls, if you didn't want to drown you would have to let them go.
To truly live the abundant life that Christ intended, we have to let the bowling balls of life go too. Life's hard enough without carrying around excess baggage that can only drown us or hold us back from really living.
This site is intended to offer some positive reinforcement that you really can live the life Christ intended and to offer insight from Scripture and other sources about how we can best deal with those weighty bowling balls we just have to let go of to really live.
Christ really did come so that you could have an abundant life. Isn't it time you started living it?
The first step in learning how to be a better swimmer is to drop the bowling balls and keep your head above water. No one can ever expect to become a great swimmer as long as he or she insists on clinging onto those bowling balls.
But once we start to learn how to let go it is time to start learning to grab onto the life saving buoys that are designed to keep us afloat and truly give us that ‘abundant’ life Jesus promised. To continue to cling to the bowling balls and to refuse to aggressively engage in that abundant life is to cheapen the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf on that criminal’s cross.
Our world is full of unhappy and dissatisfied people so they are looking for answers to the emptiness they feel inside. Shelves in every bookstore, including the Christian ones, are full of self-help books designed to guide you in all manner of life choices to rid you of this or that ‘problem’ or show you how to ‘live life to the fullest’ and many books that are available are very good and helpful.
Jesus said ‘I have come, that they may have life and have it to the full’ so it is clear that God wants us to be living a life full of happiness, peace and a close personal relationship with Him. Jesus came so that we might have such a life and it is available to us right now.
We have to know in our hearts that there really is an abundant life and that life is filled with an abundance of the things that are good for us: love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, character, compassion and faithfulness. Our abundant life should be filled with hope and optimism and a confidence that the freedom that a close relationship with God can bring.
Not only is the abundant life full of things that are good for us it is also free of the things that are bad for us. We cannot have an abundant life if our life is full of unforgiveness, lust, jealousy, greed pessimism and hatred for people who are ‘different’ than we are. Oftentimes we end up spending great deals of money and time on trying to keep these destructive forces from ruining our lives, our marriages, our businesses and our friendships.
When we learn to trust in the saving grace and power of God we can finally free ourselves from the negative attitudes and behaviors that are keeping us from living life to the full as Jesus intended. No matter what you have done, said or thought God can free you from the personal weaknesses that are causing pain and strained relationships in your life.
Far too many Christians fail to truly enjoy the abundant life that God is inviting them to enjoy because they just can’t see past their current circumstances. But the Bible is clear that all believers are invited to discover the abundant life. Jesus said ‘I came that they may have life to the full.’ Not some, not that group or those people, but all who seek to live the abundant life.
The abundant life God invites you to live is not dependent on your finances or the house you live in or the clothes you wear. Abundant life doesn’t mean you compare your circumstances and stuff to others people’s circumstances and stuff. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 16:15: ‘What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight’. What you have or don’t have, what you own or don’t own or how much money you have or don’t have has nothing to do with whether or not you can live an abundant life.
An abundant life is an attitude of hope and happiness and contentment. A life lived that puts others before oneself. An abundant life is full of satisfaction and peace of mind and ultimately is a life that is an exciting adventure worth living!
An abundant life is not a life that is trouble-free. It is a life that might not be a life full of comfort and ease because Jesus uses those troublesome times in our lives to refine us, to teach us to trust Him more, to grow deeper in our relationship with Him. If everything were always perfect and rosy we would find ourselves in less and less dependence on God.
Your expectation of an abundant life cannot depend on any outside circumstances. Your peace of mind and contentment and hope and joy cannot be dependent on how you feel today or how low your bank account might be or how poor your health might be. And don’t’ expect an abundant life to be full of riches or glamour or recognition.
You will know you are living an abundant life when you put others needs ahead of your own, you no longer care about those things the world says you should care about and you let the love and grace of God flow through you to others. You will be filled with faith and hope and love and no longer allow anger, greed and jealousy to keep you in Satan’s miserable prison.
The abundant life the world says you need to live includes drinking beer with a great looking model, wearing certain clothes and driving a particular car. You cannot find the abundant life in pills or sex or innocent hobbies. Jesus came for you to experience so much more than any temporary ‘fix’ can offer. Once you have made up your mind that you want to experience the joy-filled abundant life that Jesus is offering just agree that Jesus really did what he said he did in John 10:10: ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’