Plenty of Reasons Why
Abundant life is essential for successful Christian living

An abundance of faith

Arthur believes in things that he can't see; like being a part of God's family, that he is loved overwhelmingly, and being protected and cared for by His heavenly Father.

An abundance of trust

Arthur trusts God to do the things that only He can do. He trusts God to guide and steer him through his life everyday, and to help those he prays for.

An abundance of community spirit

Arthur is a member of numerous communities:, family, school, church, soccer. He comtributes like a team player, using the gifts and abilities he has. His friends know they can depend on him to use his ability well, and add strength to their group.

An abundance of self control

Arthur relies on the power of the Holy Spirit to help control the many forces he has to battle against to remain holy. The Holy Spirit gives him the capability to manage and overcome his weaknesses supernaturally.

An abundance of sacrifice

The Lord relies on strong people who are willing to make sacrifices and give things up so that God's work gets done. Arthur has real commitment to the cause, and works for the good of others, selflessly.

Taking Hold of Abundant Life

Although there might be some conjecture about what 'abundant life' really means to different people; everybody seems to be hardwired to want it. Amazingly it is Christians who are best able to acquire the Biblical meaning of it, due to their faith in this truth: Jesus gave His life for us, saying: 'I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.' (John 10:10 KJV) Not only does Jesus cause us to come into a 'life eternal' with Him under the loving care of His Father, but He makes God's grace abound to us, so that God's blessings are ours in excess.

In order to take hold of the promised abundant life, we first need to seek it in the right place. The gift of life that we received when we were born into the world didn't come with an instruction book; however God didn't intend us to remain ignorant, so He gave us the Bible, and the Bible points the way to Jesus. Only by fully embracing our precious Lord, the giver of life, 'in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge', are we likely to be able to appreciate and appropriate His gifts for a successful life. (Colossians 2:3)

God is both generous and prudent by nature, not careless or wasteful. His gifts are free, but they're not given to fools or hypocrits. Jesus made it known that He takes care of those who love Him, and we show our love for Him by a renewed life, with a good attitude, good character and good lifestyle. 'Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.' (John 14:23 NIV) Clearly then; understanding, loving, and worshipping Him in spirit and in truth is a beneficial exercise; and it follows that 'abundant life' is not meant to be a shallow, superficial experience of things, but an appreciation of the wonder of all that is God's.

Furthermore, the personal reward of faith is being on the receiving end of a life partnership with God; as we show our love for Him, by doing those things that are the result of being a faithful responsible son, student, steward and servant of God. We need to continually ask God 'to fill us with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives', (Colossians 1:9) if we are to hope to live in pleasing ways that leads to an abundance of His life flowing through ours.

Question: Do you think you can plan to develop your inner life, or will it just happen as a matter of course? Are there things we should be doing to increase God's blessing on our life?