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

An 'abundance' mentality

Purity of thought is one of Gloria's strengths. Her careful use of the mind has become a powerful tool for living a successful christian life..

An abundant leader

Gloria knows that to be a mentor, and a counsellor, and to lead any group of people in the ways of discipleship; she is going to need to be stronger and wiser than the problems that will confront christian growth.

An abundant doer

Gloria's feet are used to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. She encourages friends, families and communities in following God's will, by showing all members that doing it God's way is the best way.

An abundance of values

Gloria sticks to her principles, and she based these on the christian values she learnt from church and family, not on society's values. She believes that holiness is vital, that unselfishness is essential, that truth and honesty are fundamental, and that sexual purity is imperative.

An abundance of perseverance

Gloria knows that her perseverance will allow God to complete His good work in her. So she embraces life's difficulties, continues to fight the good fight, and is prepared to suffer for doing good.

Being connected with God's abundance

The keys to a faithful and loving Christian's new life are divulged to us through the scriptures. If we keep these keys close to our heart, and live by them, we will recieve a blessed life from God. Here are the four main keys to please God and express a strong faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1) Righteous living is God's will for those He has made righteous. (2) Performing deeds of kindness, generosity and mercy is integral to those He has given His loving Spirit. (3) Humbly serving God is a response of a concerned and faithful follower. (4) Relying on God through prayer to guide, sustain and provide for us, as Jesus did and taught, is our lifeline.

These four keys make life more about seeking Him and pleasing Him; not about us, and they will lead to finding His life and receiving His blessings. To this end, like the apostle Paul we can also pray for God to 'equip us with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ.' (Hebrews 13:21 NIV) By following these keys, we make our inner life align to God's way, allowing the blessings of heaven to flow abundantly as Jesus promised in John 15, where He advised us to be part of His 'vine'. 'You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.' (John 15:16 NIV)

'How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.' (Psalm 31:19 NIV)

People who live in peaceful times and have an abundance of food, know what it's like to experience a blessed life, like the verses above promise. God promises to care for those He loves, and He promises He can bless us in many ways. He wants us to prosper and be in health; and to live happy and full lives. He can take us from 'not having' to 'overflowing', because it is His plan for us to live successful Christian lives. Thank goodness that through Jesus Christ we are directly connected to the riches of the grace of God. Like a shepherd, He works us towards a beautiful pasture, and allows us to approach Him for what we feel we need.

And by sharing our good fortune with those worse off than us, we fulfill the will of God to 'love our neighbor as ourselves'.The way of the God's kingdom is to reciprocate love, pro-actively. 'Freely you have received, freely give.' (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

For Christian's, abundant life is more valued in our spiritual reality than our material reality, so it does not hurt us to be generous. Salvation has worked abundantly in our favor; transforming us from being utterly sinful to being made totally righteous, from having no future to sharing in Christ's inheritance. 'See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.' (1 John 3:1 NIV) In His Kingdom we are in a completely new paradigm, from which we realise that a great lifestyle is not a reward in itself, and life does not exist in an abundance of possessions.

Rather, through the in-dwelling Holy Spirit, God gives us other kinds of riches that enhance life; such as a great character and a great attitude. He gives us insight into His values so that we can look beyond ourselves into His great Kingdom. He gives us His great love so we can share our blessings with others through good works. He gives us strength to live a life of honor. The new paradigm asserts that in the presence of God there is an abundance of His grace, producing inner beauty and strength.

Question: What are the other qualities like generosity that act like measures of how abundant His life is within us?