- John 10:10 (NKJV) I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
There is one thing you must be clear on about the abundant life that Jesus came to give you: To receive his abundant life you must first lose the life you currently have.
The temptation is to think of the abundant life Jesus came to give as an upgrade (a better working version of what you already have). Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jesus didn’t come to renovate your old life or to make it more profitable, just ask the first disciples who left all to follow Jesus. Jesus didn’t come to give your current tired old life a facelift or an injection of some super spiritual vitamin. No! Jesus came to give you a new life, something radically different from the old life.
It is so different that Jesus called it being “born again”. (John 3)
The Apostle Paul described it in these terms: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
So let us be clear on this, if you’re saying that Jesus is your savior you’re going to have to let him save you from some stuff—your stuff, stuff you like, and stuff you want to keep. If you’re calling him “Lord” then get ready for him to take over. Jesus is the new Sheriff in town. You were the old head coach that was calling the plays; that team lost, there’s a new head coach now and he will call the plays and (PTL!) he will win!
Bottom line, dying is never easy; whether it is our dreams and desires, our will and what we want, or even our very life; but if you truly want to experience the wonderful, abundant, and triumphant life that Jesus has to offer, you must plan on this.
The good news is that it will be worth it. That “new man” looking back at you in the mirror will have a twinkle in his eye that the “old man” could have never had, even with an upgrade.
- The ONE THING for today: The new and abundant life that Jesus gives is always preceded by a dying of the old life. That may explain why some of the painful things that have been going on in your life have been happening lately. Hang on, dying is never easy, but oh the new life that follows will be worth it all.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NKJV)