Sony’s Thoughts: Where’s the Abundant Life?

It’s sad when someone who has been raised in a Christian home walks away from their parents’ faith. I believe equally sad, however, are those who come to know the Lord and then stop growing, settling instead into a complacent existence. Christ died so that we could have life and that we may have it more abundantly (John 10:10). I don’t see many who appear to have that abundant life.

The fact is we live in a world laden with burdens but Jesus told us, “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). If He is a part of our lives, our countenance should reflect that. As the saying goes, “If you’re happy, notify your face.”

Christ did not die so that we could continue to live without hope. He died “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). Holiness is not preached in the church like it should be but we are to live holy, victorious lives. People assume there is no fun in living a Godly life but I can testify to the opposite. Living for Christ is totally fulfilling. Sin may seem pleasurable for a time but it ends in death. When you are filled with the Spirit, you experience a joy and peace you’ll never find outside of Him. You have a reason to live for a change. Your search for fulfillment is over.

I’d like to see the Church radiating with Christ so that even the world will notice them in Walmart or at restaurants. It needs to start in our homes but, as we begin to show His love to our families, we will begin to shine with His love when we’re out and about. As we allow Him to do a work in and through us and, as we repent for our complacency, that is when God can fully use us and when we have a chance to see genuine revival in our land.

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  1. I could not agree more. Too many christians walk around looking like they are filled with sour vinegar. Let’s tell our faces that we are filled with joy,if indeed we are.Life in Christ is fulfilling and overflowing with joy.Now I have to say that sometimes that joy has to be expressed through tears,but the del inner joy is still there.

    • Exactly. Our joy is not affected by circumstances. It’s something God puts within us that shines through even the difficult times. Thank you for commenting, Ruth.

  2. Amen! Thank you, thank you for this reminder! It happens to be a topic I’ve been considering in my own life just this week, so I cannot believe how timely your post was – doesn’t our Lord often work like that? 🙂 Again, thank you for the encouragement. 🙂

    • Taylor, thank you so much for sharing that. I almost didn’t make a post this week but when God brought this one together, I felt like I needed to share it. Praise the Lord for perfect timing.

  3. Yes! I sure agree with your words. Thanks for a great post.

    • Thank you, Gladys. I hope you’re having a blessed day.

  4. A very appropriate message for these times. Our identity is in Him, and our goal should be to be Messingers and Ambassadors for Him. We must look at the unsaved around us with His eyes and His love and His desire that none should perish. I am 71 years old and was born again when I was 14. I have enjoyed knowing the Lord all these years, including being married 50 + years to my first wife, and being married again to a wonderful Christian Lady for just over a year. God is so Good. I love it when people comment on how “I am beaming” and I give God the Glory. With Him, we can enjoy the Abundant Life as we serve Him. Great commentary.

    • I love hearing from people who have true joy in the Lord. The older I get, the more deeply I appreciate those who have been faithful to Him for so many years. Praise God for the example you are to us young(er) 🙂 people who are following after. May God grant you many more years to shine for Him and testify of His goodness.

  5. What you have described above is a picture of the church Jesus started and left behind in the book of Acts. A vibrant, powerful, Spirit-filled, holiness, miraculous church! He is coming back for a church just like he left! Religion has been watered down by man throughout the centuries, but he’s not coming back for a man-made church. His true church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Cornerstone! The TRUE church has always been and always will be separated, set apart from this world. How can we MAKE a difference if there is no difference between us and the world? If Christianity as a whole will get back to seeking the face of God and his will, not the traditions and commandments of men, we would see a revival in the land like never before! “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Cor 6:17). “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)

    • All I can say is AMEN! Thank you so much for sharing. “Will Jesus find you and me still watching, waiting–waiting for our Lord to come?” Even so, Lord Jesus, come. Find me faithful when You return.