What is Abundant Life?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

As we consider Jesus’ mission to earth, we need to first look at Jesus’ own explanations for why He came. Here He describes His mission as a gift (“that they may have”). He then describes the gift itself: abundant life. If Jesus proclaimed His mission as one that imparts life, people would turn away in bewilderment. They already possess life, at least physical life. But Jesus provides a further description of this life: abundant life. Let’s look at two key features of this life.

1. Enduring life.

Jesus described this life as “eternal” or “everlasting.”

“That whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:15-16).

This life promised by Jesus will never end. It lasts forever since Jesus came to abolish death and bring immortality to those who follow Him (2 Timothy 1:10). Jesus conquered the grave and removed its sting forever (1 Corinthians 15:54-58). We can now look forward to an unending existence in God’s eternal heaven.

2. Quality life.
Many would sign up for eternal life, but only if it was a continuation of life here below. They would enjoy a continual party and the freedom to never have to worry about death. But the Bible does not describe “life” in those terms. Eternal life consists not only of an unending existence, but of a certain quality of life.

“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

Jesus identifies eternal life with knowing God, something that the Apostle Paul described as the goal of his own existence (Philippians 3:8-10). Christians begin this quality life now as they grow in Christ and distance themselves from the vain hopes of this world.

Have you sought God with all of your heart today? Are you pursuing the sort of life God destined for you to have? It all begins now as we seek the things above, and not those things that are on earth (Colossians 3:1-2).

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