“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” Psalm 36:7-8
Live life to the fullest. Embrace this moment. Live abundantly. What exactly do all these phrases mean? And what do they have to do with my Christian life?
That’s just it. It has everything to do with your Christian life, because abundant living is what Jesus offers. In John 10:10, Jesus declares,“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” That was His mission! This last phrase in verse 10 literally means “they may have abundance, or that which abounds.” (Albert Barnes) The word “abundant” implies that which is not only necessary for life, but what is generously added onto our plate to make life happy. Jesus’ mercy saved us from utter destruction and annihilation and gave us simple, bare existence on this earth. But His grace provided for us life, plus something more, something better — a rich, joyful life filled to the brim and overflowing with spiritual and physical blessings that we cannot even begin to imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Think about all that Christ has done for you, giving you not only continuance of life, but life practically teeming with plentiful blessings, His grace, and His love (1 Timothy 1:14). Now contemplate your life in Christ for a minute. Does your life reflect the abundance that Jesus has provided for you? We see in Scripture that a Christian’s life is to be joyful. Passionate. Busy doing things for Him. Why? Because this one life on earth is all that we get. Before you go home to eternity, what can you be doing now so that others can share in the same abundant life that you have?
True success means living your life to glorify God, going to heaven, and taking as many people with you as possible. That’s an abundant life. It is not only abundant in blessings and true joy in this life, but it will overflow into the next with our going home to heaven (2 Peter 1:11).
So embrace this God-given moment, because it only comes once in a lifetime. Go out there and live like Someone has died for you! It will truly change your life from ordinary to extraordinary.