“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10 (ESV)
As I go further down the road as a Christian, I find that I cling more & more to the Gospel of John. I think it gives the clearest picture in the Bible of who Jesus was and why He came. I’m about halfway through John in my Bible reading plan and read through John 10 yesterday. Verse 10 of course is very familiar to all Christians. Sometimes a verse gets you and sometimes it’s just a word. Here it’s ‘abundantly’.
I just finished reading a little book by Matt Redmond called The God of the Mundane. I wouldn’t characterize it simply as an answer to the ‘radical’ type books that have come out in recent years. However, it does offer a counter-perspective for those of us who find themselves in everyday America with normal jobs, daily childcare responsibilities, unending household chores, and the like. Redmond asks, “In the economy of God, do only the times when we are doing something life-changing have any spiritual cache with Him?” I wonder that myself sometimes. I see tweets and blog posts about saints who are doing work in “hard soil” as one of my pastors once called it and often feel small by comparison. Some days the agenda is just reading my Bible, getting out the door, working a full day, coming home to spend time with my wife and son, and then it’s bedtime. Those days kind of run together. I wonder in light of reading Redmond’s book, and spending some time on John 10:10, if Jesus had this in mind when he talked about abundance. God calls us to be faithful right where we are, I really believe that. And just as sure, sometimes He calls us out of where we are and to other areas where He feels we can best serve. Sometimes though I wonder if Jesus sees an ‘abundance’ in my life. Are others living on a higher plane as Christians? Is there such a thing?
There is a bit of rambling here, as there is in most of my posts. If you have read this far, what do you think? When Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” what does He mean? What does this look like in your own life?