Contrary to the thinking of some, Jesus did not come to deprive us of life. On the contrary, He said concerning Himself, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
The fact that Jesus came so that we might have life suggests that if He had not come, we could not have life. That in turn means that He is the sole source of the life He was referring to.
The life Jesus was referring to is the unique life that can only come from God through our faith in Christ. The life we have prior to a relationship with Christ pales in comparison to the life available through Christ. Throughout the Scriptures, the Bible refers to that natural life as death.
So how do we get the life that Jesus came for us to have? He says when we hear His Word and believe on the One who sent Him, we are passed from death to life (John 5:24).
The life Jesus came for us to have includes but is not limited to eternal life. It also includes all the benefits in this life of having become the children of the Most High. He gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
Every true believer has eternal life. We are all saved by Grace through faith in Christ—period.
But the other aspects of the life Christ came for us to have is another story. We are partakers of those things in varying degrees. And that’s the issue I want to focus on in this post.
The point is that each of us determines the extent to which we will enjoy the abundant life Christ came for us to have. Let me share with you three habits that will hinder you from experiencing that life more abundantly.
Three Hindrances to Experiencing Life More Abundantly
1. A lack of humility. “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Not only do we need the grace of God to be saved but also we need His grace for daily living. God is more than willing to shower our lives with His grace. On the other hand, He opposes the proud. To experience a greater measure of God’s grace in our life, we must choose to walk more humbly and less proudly before the Lord.
2. Preoccupation with the cares of the world. We should love the people of the world but not the things of this world. Jesus likens those who are preoccupied with the concerns of this world to seed that fell among the thorns. He says their worldly cares choke the Word making it unfruitful (Matthew 13:22). To experience the fullness of life in the Word, we must abandon our excessive care for this world and set our affection more on things above.
3. Living carnally minded. Even though all Christians have been born again through faith in Christ, Christians can still chose to live a self-pleasing life. The Holy Spirit does not make us live to please God. He only empowers us to do so. If we choose to live otherwise, we will not experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:8).
If any of these problem areas exist in your life, you must seriously eliminate them if we want to have life more abundantly.
Jesus did not come only for you to go to heaven. He also came for you to have joy, fellowship with God, peace that passes understanding, etc., in this life. But each Christian experiences these attributes of “life” in varying degrees. What lifestyle changes can you make today to experience life more abundantly?
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