When people make decisions about what they do each day, they make those
decisions from within their personal worldview. In our modern world,
communication has become very complicated. The daily task of living life can be
cumbersome and burdensome to say the least. Doing it alone is sometimes a
Frank Sinatra sang a popular song, "That's Life,"
where he crooned:
That's what all the people say
You're riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June
I've been a puppet, a pauper,
A pirate, a poet,
A pawn and a king,
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself
Flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race."
To many people that is life: being on top one day and flat on
their face the next day. To a lot of people that may be life, but it
is not abundant life.
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Jesus was talking about people accepting Him and coming into the
fold with Him. He described Himself as the door through which people
enter, and it is He who provides the safety for those who
enter. He offers that and much more as well; He offers abundant
Jesus said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and
that they might have [it] more abundantly." —
Jesus was likening Himself to a shepherd who keeps his own
sheep safe from
the world outside the fold. He has a way of breaking things down
into the simplest terms: Those from outside are thieves who want to
do harm by breaking in, stealing and even killing. But Jesus has
come to give life, and not just life, but abundant life.
Abundant life is not being the most popular, the wealthiest or the
most famous. It is not having the best clothes, the fastest car and
the best job or having the most friends. It is life that is full of
richness, joy, a deep sense of fulfillment; life that overflows to
the fullest. It is a life that brings satisfaction and a sense of
knowing that you are never, never alone.
Christian living in the
abundant life is constantly realizing that
you have yielded yourself to God's grace and you are growing in His
Spirit each and every day.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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