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1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (KJV)

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (Isaiah 64:4)

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Bulletin Notes

What is abundant life? by Gwen Sellers

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

Abundant life. That's the gift of Jesus to His followers. Something Christians can confidently claim. A promise of God. But what is abundant life? One of my friends describes it this way:

To her, abundant life is a daily reality, a perspective that is steeped in God's truth and His word. This is what she says about abundant life and her journey:

I gave God my everything and asked Him for His everything. He delivered me from fear and into freedom and abundance. I believe we have to seek God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). We sometimes allow junk in and get messed up. But I believe that if you open up the temple (your heart), God will clean it out.

Although she has experienced God's physical healing, that is not what she finds most amazing about God. She is sold out to Him. She wakes up with God's name on her lips and His word in her mind. She truly communes with God, bringing every thought to Him. When she hears His voice, she recognizes it, verifies it through Scripture, and then confidently moves forward. This is not to say that she never struggles, but she knows where to go. When something in her heart is amiss, she takes it to her Lord and receives a response. She says it is possible to live with a prayerful attitude in the midst of real life/work, errands, relationships. She doesn't live in a commune or seclude herself from "the real world." She is attuned to God and to His purposes and lives those out in the midst of our current realities.
     She does believe that prosperity is part of abundant life
/prosperity by God's provision, not necessarily mountains of money. "We are blessed to be a blessing," she says. And God's provisions serve to give Him glory. She does not believe that worldly goods are merely for our pleasure. They are for His glory, to point others to Him. "If Christians aren't different from everyone else, then what's attractive about them? If the needs of Christians are not met, then why would a non-believer think the Christian life is any better?"
     I see no pride in my friend; she does not think she is something special. She simply takes God at His word. Jesus said He came to give abundant life, so she believes that is His desire for all of His followers. When she sees a dissonance between biblical promises and Christian lives, she does not rewrite the promise or suggest that abundant life is only meant for Heaven or for the early church; she claims God's promises for her life today. She is adamant about seeking God and truly knowing Him, trusting Him with her all. Their relationship is intimate, even if life sometimes feels lonely.
     I don't want to be saved only for an abundant life in Heaven. I want what God has to give me today. These friends encourage me with their perspectives and the evidence of God's work in their lives. 
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Yes, to God be the glory! Abundance is a display of His character. In this life, it is a foretaste of what is yet to come when we know Him fully (1 Corinthians 13:12).