Key to an Abundant Life
“The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy: I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.
The Lord called apart and greatly blessed Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob. In time, the family of Israel was led to Egypt
where at first, they dwelt peaceably, but gradually became
slaves and spent 400 years in bondage.
Then the Lord sent Moses, who brought them into the wilderness,
and finally into the Promised Land as a Theocracy under Divine
government. Under Joshua and the Judges, Israel prospered,
until they asked for a king, desiring to be like other nations.
Eventually, they came under the rule of the Assyrians, Persians,
and finally the Romans. They were in bondage in their own
land, as the Lord remained silent for 400 years.
Then God sent another Deliverer, His own Son. Jesus did not
deliver them from the rule of the Romans, as they had been
set free from the Egyptians. Rather, they were set free from
their sins and sickness, as this time the Lord had a different
Jesus said that He came to offer a “more abundant”
life. But today, the redeemed still cry out to Him, because
they have not found this abundant life. Many are still bound
by sin and are sick.
Is it that we need yet another deliver, or are we missing
something? Rather, there is a “key” that will
bring us into this more abundant life. Jesus said that we
should not seek after the things of the earth. But if we are
not to "seek" these things, how then are we to have
this “more abundant” life?
The answer is that we are to “seek first” the
Kingdom of God, and then, these “things” will
be given to us. Jesus understood that our fulfillment cannot
come from the possession of things, but rather from our having
inner peace and our being rightly related to the Lord. Therefore,
in Luke 17:21, Jesus said that "the Kingdom is within
We may say, "If I had more money," or, "If
I were not sick, then I could have this abundant life of which
Jesus spoke." But Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment
in which everything was provided for their comfort, and they
utterly failed. Our need is not for better circumstances,
but for a change within us.
When we accepted Jesus as our Saviour, the “seed”
of the Kingdom was planted deep within the soil of our being
(Matt 13:3-8). This Kingdom can be compared to an “acorn”
that has been planted in the soil, which will become a giant
oak tree. All it needs is the proper atmosphere in which to
Many do not realize that the abundant life which they seek
is within the Kingdom. We must experience the Kingdom growing
within us before we can see any manifestation of its provision
without. When we neglect the Kingdom of God in order to seek
after the things of the world, the Kingdom ceases to mature,
and we are not able to partake of this “abundant life”
of which Jesus spoke.
In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God "brooded" on
the face of the waters. He incubated, or meditated on His
Plans. The emphasis was first on the "interior."
So also, this abundant Life is first within us, then it will
be found without.
Each of us also needs to do some "brooding." We
must look within ourselves, into the Kingdom of God. Here,
we will find a "well of living water" from which
we may drink. It is here that the “joy of the Lord”
will give us peace and the strength to face all that is before
Plant the Word of the Kingdom within your heart, and ask
the Holy Spirit to remind you of the things that Jesus said.
The “seed of the Kingdom” will begin to grow.
Slowly, your circumstances will reflect the changes taking
place on the inside.
Even if it should take a long time for "outward"
things to change, you will be rejoicing in the "inward"
changes that you are experiencing, as the "joy of the
Lord" becomes real within.
Now this “abundant life” will have become a reality.