Jesus Christ came to this earth to offer us a new life in Him that is full of purpose, joy, peace, and eternal security. In fact, the very moment we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we gain access to this new life of promise that God desires for us to live. Today, I want to share three things the Bible teaches regarding the abundant life.
1. The Abundant Life offers us forgiveness of sin. The sad reality is we were all born sinners in need of a savior. However, Ephesians 1:7 offers us a solution to our problem. It reads, "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace." In other words, when we ask Jesus to forgive us for our sins and accept Him as the risen Lord, the abundant life begins. First and foremost, the abundant life that Jesus offers recues us from the penalty of sin.
2. The Abundant Life offers us Fellowship in the family of God. We are saved to belong, not just believe. One of the perks of the abundant life is to be a proud member of God’s family. Galatians 3:26 states, "you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." To be a part of God’s family means we have an eternal inheritance. Unlike a material inheritance that some children receive from their natural parents, Christians receive an eternal inheritance known as heaven. As members of the family of God, we don’t have to fear death because we will dwell in the presence of God forever.
3. The Abundant Life offers us the strength we need for daily living. When we become a Christian, God offers us the strength we need to tackle our daily tasks. This simply means, He gives us the strength to manage our stress level. He gives us the strength to overcome fear and rejection. He gives us the strength to deal with difficult people. And, He gives us the strength to face crisis situations when they arise. Paul said it best in Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." The abundant life offers us the strength we need to tackle our daily task.
Never forget, God loves you! He wants you to enjoy a full and meaningful life. Access to this life of abundance begins the moment you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I want to leave you today with the words of Jesus found in John 10:10 which reads, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Blessing!!!
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.