I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly (John 10:10b).
When I think of what abundant life means, I think of having more than enough, not lacking for anything. The word life comes from the Greek word zoe, which literally or figuratively means lifetime. Therefore, it speaks of a life not limited to eternity. I can truly say that I feel I am now living the abundant life Jesus intended me to have, whereas my past life was quite different.
As a child, I always wanted more: a purple parka, roller skates, a stereo, a camera, and the list went on endlessly. My father made a good living as an officer in the Air Force, so I usually got what I wanted. Those “things” put a smile on my face but no real contentment in my heart.
As I grew older, I still longed for more “things.” My thinking was that if I received these “things,” I would not only find fulfillment in life but would also live “happily ever after,” just like in the fairy tale. I wanted to be popular, have designer clothes, a boyfriend, a driver’s license, and, eventually, a loving husband. Even though my fairy tale dreams did come true, they failed to bring any lasting contentment in my life. Instead, as a young adult, I continued to long for more “things”: a career, a family, a new and bigger home, a nicer car. Truthfully, there were few things I lacked in my life, yet there continued to be a distinct feeling of emptiness, a void that was not to be filled by the “things” of my life.
As I look back over my earlier life, I realize that I was confusing my “wants” with my “needs.” I needed Jesus. Now my needs have become my wants. Not only did I need Jesus desperately then, but I also desperately need Him now. I can’t get enough of Him. I believe God created each of us with this insatiable hunger that God alone can satisfy, and until we humble ourselves and admit our need for Him in all areas of our lives, we will never be satisfied. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The phrase “poor in spirit” comes from the Greek ptochos, indicating helplessness. Then Jesus continued by saying, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). The word “blessed” comes from the Greek word makarios, indicating one who is in the world, yet is independent of the world, for his satisfaction comes from God, not favorable circumstances.
There was a time in my life when I wanted more of my husband, whose job often takes him away from our family. Therefore, I began to feel discontent, but Jesus said to me, “I am your maker, your husband” (Isaiah 54:5). “Put your trust in me, not men (1Peter 1:19).
Several years ago, I realized I needed more deliverance and inner healing. Then Jesus said to me, “I am your deliverer and healer. Come to me.” He continues to meet every need and desire of my life. He is my “everything” and restores my soul.
Are you broken enough to know your need? If so, come to the waters that give life and give it abundantly. Drink from them and be fully satisfied. Then your deepest desires will be met, and you will know Jesus as your best friend. He loves you and beckons you to come to Him and let Him provide you with a life, which is truly abundant and fulfilling.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you now and I admit that I desperately need you. Reveal to me those areas in my life where I am not making you Lord and submitting to your will. Empty me out and fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can be all you created me to be. Thank you that you never leave or forsake me.
In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.