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.