The Full Life Now

“He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life.” (1 John 5:11-12)

“Why is it that we look upon our salvation as a moment that began our religious life instead of the daily life we receive from God? We’re encouraged somehow today to remove the essence of faith from the particulars of daily human life and relocate it in special times, places, and states of mind.” (Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines).

As we consider the implications of the resurrection upon our daily lives, do we consider the power of the freedom it gives us, or segregate ourselves to protect what we’ve been given? Do we live risky with divine love, or live defensively? Are we living towards abundance in Jesus, or rationing it out? Are we living in eternity now, or waiting for it to start?

The resurrection was not a dainty deed; it was an explosive act of liberation, holding nothing back. The resurrection, therefore, is empowering, enabling us to live and love largely. I invite you to meditate this week on John 10:10 (below), and ask yourself, “How is the abundance of Jesus manifested in my life? And, how can I move toward loving Him and others with greater freedom?” As you do so, I pray that He will reveal His power, goodness and love to you in abundance, and that it will give you greater freedom to praise Him and honor others.

“I [Jesus] came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”/”I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”/”My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 – NASB/NIV/NLT)

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