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

An abundance of conviction

Clarence has a strong belief in God's promises and what Christ has to give. His conviction makes him affective in witnessing to others. Others see his sincerity and his transparency, and are impressed with his firm conviction of grace.

An abundance of service

Clarence considers it an honor to be a servant of the Most High God, and to take a lowly and humble position of submission and obedience to the will of his Lord. He finds joy in serving others, as if he were serving the Lord.

An abundance of focus

Clarence focuses on things that are important to God. With God at the center of everything, Clarence has a better chance of fulfilling the first command. When he focuses on forgiveness, he can find order, stability, purpose and peace. When he focuses on God's will, even though he looks weak, he can find God's strength to accomplish it.

An abundance of generosity

Clarence has developed a generous nature, by completely abandoning selfishness and greed. He is mindful of the sacrifice that God made to save us, and also of the needs of God's work on earth. He is passionate about giving generously and cheerfully to be able to help the poor, and support the church.

New life in in Jesus brings a new way of living

Jesus' lordship over us means that we are His. It follows that all that is His is ours, and all the spiritual blessing of Christ's divinty can be shared with us. The apostle Paul says that through God's power that is at work within us, God is able to do more than we could even ask or imagine. This belief in grace and abundance, results in a life full of hope, peace, faith, victory and humility. It makes us free from fear, negative attitudes, and low self esteem. Our soul can be full of good-will and generosity.

But Jesus told a harsh parable for those who think our relationship with God is all about receiving His gifts and not using them for His purposes. 'So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (Matthew 25:28-29 NIV) Our reponse to being connected with God's abundance is simply to serve Him courageously, wisely and unselfishly.

Our response to abundance is to be a pure one. The apostle Paul's writings showed that God does not want Christians to lack anything. 'But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.' (2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV) It can't be made any clearer than this. 'God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.' (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV) This is a great new way of looking at life.

Therefore, 'Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.' (Romans 6:4 NIV) Followers of Jesus Christ, search for and embrace God's new way of living, which pleases Him by showing their faith and love and by obeying His will for mankind. If we live His way abundantly, we can have His life abundantly. If we live His way sparingly, we can have His life sparingly.

Question: By not understanding the important part that inner strength plays in our spiritual life, are we missing out on becoming what God intends for us?