Living the abundant Life

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV

According to the United Nations, there are 195 countries in the world. Most people will only see a few of these countries. We are too busy trying to survive to enjoy the abundant life the creator gifted us. Some of us spend more time dreaming about living the abundant life than taking the necessary steps to live our lives more abundantly.

I’ve seen many people that are retired from their gainful employment but are not able to enjoy their lives because they are too busy working. Some people live with daily stress because of their role and responsibilities despite the wealth they’ve amassed. Others are struggling to find time for the simple pleasures of life and making their selves sick to death because of their busyness.

The abundant life is a matter of perspective. One does not need a lot of money to live an abundant life. There are people we may consider as poor who are living the abundant life. At the same time, many affluent individuals are miserable and have never experienced the abundant life.

Jesus taught us many lessons about living the abundant life. After his glorious and miraculous birth, he lived a regular life with his parents as an ordinary Jewish boy. He was dedicated in the temple on the fortieth day, like every other Jewish boy. Then every year his parents took him to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.

Throughout that time, we don’t have any record of Jesus doing anything extraordinary, except when he was twelve years old, his parents found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions for three days. After that, there is no record of his life until he becomes thirty years old.

The first lesson I learn from Jesus about living an abundant life is that we should not let our extraordinary gifts and talents, our affluence and influence keep us from living an ordinary life. Jesus lived an ordinary life for thirty years. Most people in the neighborhood where he grew up did not know about his greatness. He did not flaunt it because he wanted to enjoy an ordinary life with his family.

You and I do not need to impress the people in our circle of influence with our accomplishments. It is not our successes that define our existence. Our joy for life comes from not only what we’ve accomplished but from our ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of life with friends and loved ones.

The second lesson I learn from Jesus is that he was intentional about living with purpose. Jesus was not just going around doing miracles. Everything he did was connected to his purpose as the savior of the world. Without purpose, it is impossible to live abundantly. Purpose gives focus which fuels our passion for being impactful.

The third lesson I learn from Jesus is that he had a great succession plan and knew when to step away. He did not hang around Jerusalem after his resurrection. He ascended to heaven and told his disciples he was given them the power to do greater things than he had done.

We should never hesitate to step away when our time has come. When my time comes to retire from my bi-vocational career, I won’t hesitate or delay. I want to see as many of the 195 countries in the world as I can before I die. I want to play hide and sick with my future grandchildren without worrying about business meetings. I want to go for walks on the beach with my wife and enjoy the sunset while drinking coconut water on an island.

We should all make it our priority to enjoy as much of life as we can. It is good and necessary to work. However, work should never become our priority. Living life is a ministry. When we invite the Holy Spirit to guide us in living that life, it becomes fruitful, enjoyable and abundant.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for the abundant life you offer to your creation. May we learn to appreciate it and live it to the fullest.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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