Friday, August 27, 2010

Live Life Abundantly

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
I recently read a book by Natalie Lloyd titled "Paperdoll." It is amazing how God gives me reading material in a season of my life that pertains to what I am feeling or going through. Honestly, this book was like dessert. Each day I couldn't wait to pick it up and read more devouring each tasty morsel.
Lloyd bases her book on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, located in John 4. One of Lloyd's themes was that of the significance of the water the woman is attempting to draw from the well and the water Jesus offers. In John 4:13, "Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'"
Jesus is the giver of life. Through His sacrifice on the cross and the shedding of His blood, I am free from the bondage of sin and have been given the gift of eternal life! The water He offers quenches my thirst.
Jesus does not give this great gift of life for us to live it half-way. I don't want to settle with the thought that I'm a Christian so now I can just live my daily life, doing what I have to. As John 10:10 says Jesus came to give us life so we can life it more fully! He wants us to live out the great love He has shown us. He wants us to share the great news of His death and resurrection to others so that they can experience the gift of life. He wants us to live an abundant life full of love! (His love)
In the words of Natalie Lloyd...
I want to "be that girl who can love outrageously, because she is loved unconditionally."
Jesus, thank you for the gift of eternal life through
your great sacrifice! Help me to share the unconditional
love you have shown me to those you bring into my
life. Help me live my life abundantly in light of your sacrifice.