Have you ever read or heard something early in the morning and then a word or phrase gets stuck in your head all day? I’m sure you have experienced a time when you heard a song or jingle and you were singing it either out loud or in your head every waking minute. Sometimes a person says something in such a way that it resonates with you and it’s right there in the forefront of your thought life. Sometimes expressions on social media or more importantly from God’s word stick with us and we can’t escape them. Today is one of those times for me.
The constant presence of this phrase started this morning when I listened to the First 5 teaching from Proverbs 31 Ministry. The two teachers were wrapping up chapters 16-20 of the book of Joshua and focused on the “Covenant Keeping God.” The phrase came about midway through the lesson when the teacher read a very familiar verse, John 10:10. Here Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Some translations such as the New American Standard Bible and the English Standard Version use the word “abundantly” to describe this full life. I’ve heard and even quoted this verse many times, but today the words “full life” triggered this all consuming phrase….
What does the abundant life look like?
How does one get this abundant life?
Am I living it? If not, why not?
Does Jesus have different levels of abundant living for different people?
These questions have stirred in my heart all day, and I realized that the Holy Spirit is prompting me to read more and find out what Jesus meant and what “abundant life” looks like for me.
So I returned to the passages of scripture in Joshua that prompted the First 5 lesson. The Israelites had finally arrived into the Promised land and the dividing of this land for each tribe had begun. The tribes of Reuben, Gad, Judah, Manasseh and Ephraim had received their inheritance. For some reason the remaining seven tribes had not taken their promised inheritance. This must have frustrated Joshua because he asked them, “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” (Joshua 18:3)
Whoa! Is that what Jesus is asking me? How long, Cindy, will you wait before you begin to take the abundant life I died to give you?” I want it! But what is it? So, here is where my search begins.
Join me in my next post as I continue in this journey!