Are we living abundant lives?
Despite our lack of toys, a mansion on the lake,or a Rolls-Royce in the driveway, are our lives better than we every expected? Or do we feel that life has passed us by? J. Paul Getty, at the time perhaps the richest man in the world, said, “I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.” With all of that money, at the end of his life, he came to realize that a good, enduring marriage meant more to him than all the riches he possessed. He died feeling like a failure not really knowing what life is really all about.
The big “secret” is that the abundant life is in the keeping of God’s commandments, in tandem with the Grace supplied through Jesus Christ.
John writes,”And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Jesus came to give man the means by which he could keep God’s commandments; His grace puts commandment-keeping in its proper place. Once a person is living this way,”walking in the spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25) His life is going to be abundant because his life will be pleasing to God, and He will bless him, now and in the life to come. ( Psalm 19:11; Proverbs 11:18; Matthew 6:33; Revelation 11:18;22:12)