Jesus said, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” So what is abundant life? What is abundance?
The ways of God, the ways of the kingdom, are counterintuitive to the natural man. Indeed, the scripture says that the things of the Spirit are foolishness to the natural man (folly) because they are spiritually discerned. For example, Jesus said, “When you lose your life for my sake, then you will find it.” Because the world has been turned upside down, the “rightside-up” life of those who have received the abundant life of Jesus looks upside down, even ridiculous, to the people who are only living in one realm, the natural one.
As followers of Jesus, the children of the kingdom are aware that we live in two realms, the physical and the spiritual, simultaneously. So what does all this have to do with abundance? I am glad you asked! Many times we think of abundance in terms of finances and possessions. That can be one manifestation of abundance, but there are so many more evidences of abundant life that have little to do with material things. How about family relationships? Healthy marriages? Health? Abundant life also includes the peace that transcends circumstances (when life gets hard, money is tight, when marriage and health concerns try to rob us of joy). Abundance that merely focuses on the outward is just not real abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
There is a love, there is a life that is stronger than death itself.
In Psalms 22, David is in the Spirit of Christ when he writes about those who “pierced his hands and his feet. ” By the way, he wrote this hundreds of years before crucifixion was adopted as a means of execution. He cried out the words that Jesus would later groan from the cross, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” There are times in life where there are no easy answers, and the usual cliches, spoken by well-meaning people, ring hollow and false. There are times when people we love and pray earnestly for are not healed and they die. There are times of temptation to hopelessness. Seasons of grief are part of life. But not even death can kill abundant life. Jesus was not utterly abandoned by His Father; he only felt that way for a brief time. Then, Death was swallowed up in Life, in Victory, in Resurrection Life. Now that Life, that abundant Life is given to us through Jesus Christ. That Life can never be taken away. Indeed our very lives are like the wagon tracks of the bounty of God. He overflows into us and we overflow into others. By His grace, as we look into the Face of Jesus, we are living the abundant life!