John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Have you ever felt robbed of something? Perhaps you’ve been slighted by a relationship, a friendship or a new job. Or how about feeling emotionally robbed? Have you ever experienced a loss of a relationship? Did you used to be a joyful person, but circumstances have left you feeling numb?
There have been times in my life where a circumstance, someone in mylife, or my own poor choices have left me breathless. Numb. Joyless.
When God says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” He means it! So, what does that look like? Does it mean material comforts? More stuff?
Take a look at Hebrews 11. You may be familiar with the long list of Biblical Saints. It’s the “Hall of Fame the Bible.” Abraham, Moses, Sarah, Jacob, Isaac… just to name a few. (Link to Hebrews 11: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…)
These saints did not have a perfectly easy life. Not at all. They suffered torture, death, imprisonment, stoning, homelessness, poverty, persecution… and they themselves were far from perfect!
Yet; through it all, these saints lived abundantly.
The abundant life for them was a deep seeded joy that could not be taken away. A joy that only exists through life with our Father God, with the help of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide, comfort and encourage.
As Believers, we are blessed with abundance. Not in a material sense. A soul sense. When we walk with Jesus, we have abundant peace, joy, and love.
It’s a deep and abiding peace that carries us through any storm we may walk through. He sustains us. We are never alone.
I pray that if you feel that you’ve been robbed of your joy or your peace, that you know that you have; within the power of our Lord and Savior, the opportunity to get it back. Approach the throne of Grace in the confidence that peace and joy in Jesus is offered and promised. It cannot be taken away. When our roots grow deep in Jesus, we live in abundance.
He invites you and I to this life of abundance. Every day. Claim it. Own it. Cherish it.