I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
If you've gotten this far, I'm going to assume you already know that 'abundant
life' does not mean a lot of money. I'm not going to tell you about those
other shepherds that promise their flock health and wealth. I'm not even going
to go there.. We spoke about how your natural mind can only relate to things
in the external world.
How often have you heard your friends say 'If only
I won the lottery..', or 'If only I weren't sick, I'd be happy'... Christians
who dwell in their natural mind think that circumstances make them happy -
or not. So if abundant life can only be understood in your spiritual mind,
what is it?
Jesus said 'He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water'. His Living Water - the Spirit of Jesus Himself -
fills you, and overflows onto everything around you. So having life more abundantly,
is being filled to overflowing with the spirit of Jesus. This overflowing
of Love, Joy, and Peace overwhelms all of your external concerns, and makes
them seem very small... Can you relate to that?
This is not an intellectual concept. This is something you 'know' in your heart.
Or not. Pray the Lord opens your understanding. Pray the Lord that you will
know this in your heart. I had a teacher once that explained meditation this
way: Focus on a thought. Don't think about it. Just wonder about it... until
you become it. Words are the shadow of the thing. Not the thing itself. You
can only understand the thing itself in your heart.
Find a quiet spot. Disengage your rational mind and get into the mind of your
heart. Wonder to the Lord about abundant life, and about His Living Water
flowing from your heart. Keep this thought on your heart until the Lord opens
your understanding. Repeat as needed. Be patient. This may take a long time.
John 10:1-16 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and
to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth
his life for the sheep... I am the
good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
John 4:10-11 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of
God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have
asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water.