Abundant

Last week while teaching women at church, I shared an intimate story.

 

Yep! A story about my underwear. For now, let’s just leave it that I was way overdue for new undergarments. And so finally, I went to the store.  There I purchased new panties and bras and happily brought an abundant, fresh supply into my home.

 

Then I sat them right next to my underwear drawer.  Simultaneously, I vowed to clean out that drawer “tomorrow.” What happened?

 

Well, the next day I was in a hurry to get to work. And so, rather than drawing from my abundant, new supply, what did I do? Indeed! I dug back into my old underwear drawer. The day after that? You guessed it!

 

I’m super embarrassed to admit, that many days, even a couple of weeks went by.  All the while, I ignored the abundant supply of new under garments. The old was too convenient.

 

Sometimes we live life that way.

 

Jesus Christ came that we might have life and life to the full:

 

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

 

The entire Gospel of John is a call to believe that Jesus is the Son of God:

 

These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. -John 20:31

 

John’s gospel is the penultimate “believe land.” And just to give you an idea, Matthew utilizes the word “believe” eight times, Luke uses it nine times and Mark? Well, Mark gets all the way up to fifteen!

 

Take a wild guess for the Gospel of John.  (I dare you!)

 

Eighty-four times! The word “believe” shows up eighty-four times in twenty-one chapters!

 

This gospel begs the question: Am I believing Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?

 

When John says that by believing you may have life in his name (verse 20:31), he surely points to eternal life. But likewise, the life and light of Jesus has great implications for our “here and now” life, for life today. Christ came that we might enjoy abundant life TODAY!

 

Personally, for me, TODAY can be a struggle. How about for you? Be honest.

 

It’s the analogy of the underwear drawer. How reasonable is it to continually dig out the old underwear? And how reasonable is it to trust that Jesus is the Son of God who offers me eternal life, but then negate His abundance of life, His light and power over some difficult issue or the day-to-day?

 

If I truly believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, why not live today as if He truly is Lord over all?  Why worry?  Or why bear bitterness towards that person who hurt me?  Excuse me, why turn to the bag of chocolate instead of getting on my knees to pray?  Why give my friend or husband the cold shoulder? Why continue to bear the guilt of choices made in my past?…

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone! The new has come. II Corinthians 5:17

 

As I study John, I’m pondering do I really believe and trust that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?

 

If so, I think I ought to live more like Paul in Philippians.  Despite incredible suffering and difficult circumstances, he lives with great joy and abiding contentment.  He prays continuously, overflows with thanksgiving and praise, obediently trusts and selflessly serves.

 

Beyond that if I really believe that Jesus is the Son of God and has the power over life and death, why am I not shouting it from my rooftop?  Surely, what the world needs now is the love of God!  If I believe God has shown us love through Jesus Christ, shouldn’t I be sharing the good news by my words, attitudes and deeds?

So the question lingers: Do I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?

 

Why study the Gospel of John? To know who Jesus is and to believe that He is the Son of God.  Then be transformed, tap into his abundant life and light for today.

 

Want help studying John’s Gospel?  Join us in person or online at The Chapel Women’s Ministries.

 

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