“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
In this familiar and comforting verse, Jesus declares emphatically that the central purpose for His time on Earth can be summed up in one word: Life! Jesus came to deliver Heaven’s idea of living to all of humanity for all generations to come. He did not guarantee perfect circumstances, but He promised more life than is necessary in the natural realm of understanding.
God has an abundant life for you that the death of Jesus Christ set into motion and ultimately guaranteed. This too-good-to-be-true life began the miraculous and eternal instant that you accepted Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior.
“Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Thank you for the blood that you shed and for forgiving me of my sins. Thank you for rising from the dead so I could live forever. Come into my heart and live in me. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of abundant life! Amen.”
And with that resolute “Amen,” the abundance of life begins!
That simple prayer guarantees access into all of Heaven’s power and ushers in the possibility of experiencing peace in every storm that life may bring. You have been promised joy in the middle of deep and torturous sorrow and the ability to live in righteousness in spite of being placed into a world of moral compromise. Oh, there will still be too many days to count when life is hard ... outrageously hard ... but Christ has now delivered the intangible tools that will enable you to overcome the difficulties of life this side of Heaven.
Because you live in the war zone of mankind, the battle continues between the Giver of Life and the father of all lies. However, what the deceiver has been in denial about since the Cross is this eternal detail: he has been eternally defeated! Christ, the Man of Life, is the ultimate Victor and has given to you abundant life!