credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
I used to think the abundant life Jesus was talking about here was life in Heaven, but more and more I'm realizing how abundantly blessed life is here on earth when we are walking with Him. Jesus doesn't make us wait until after we die to receive this abundant life. Life, true life, is knowing God, and we can know Him now, through Jesus.
What does this abundant life look like?
I'm sure it's different for different people but I believe there are some things that He wants to give us all.
He wants us to have an abundance of love. God is love. Therefore He gives us that love us well, so that we can give and receive love from those around us.
An abundance of peace is also a fruit of the abundant life. To know God as our Heavenly Father is to know that He will provide for and watch over us far better than any earthly father ever could. We also know that provision is for now and eternity and that no one can come between us and Him. So we can rest in the peace that only comes from Him.
Abundant joy is another fruit of an abundant life. When we are filled with love and peace we are also joyful. This joy spills over to others and brightens their lives as well.
Some other abundant fruits are creativity, faith, and wisdom. I'm sure there are many others as well.
My word for this year is Abundance. I want to live the abundant life He has for me.