The Life Jesus Died to Give You
Ever wonder why your life is not working out how you thought it would? Are you struggling and wondering where the abundant life is that Jesus promised to give you?
Do you have needs that aren’t being met? Financial or physical needs? Unhappy marriage? Maybe you’re single and struggle with loneliness. Or you want to have children but can’t. Do you need physical healing or emotional healing?
Where is the abundant life, the life of joy, peace and love? You may have wondered about this like I have. I had a plan for my life. I believed this was also God’s plan for my life.
Have you heard the following expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
Our plans are what we believe will be the path to a life of significance, meaning, purpose and fulfillment. What we envision for our lives may be God’s plan or maybe not.
Our plans might also be a temporary part of God’s plan like my missionary career of 17 years. I thought I would be serving in Japan for the rest of my working life. God had other plans. Losing that missionary role and identity was very difficult for me. Now I see how God’s plan was the best. Amazing, isn’t it?! Father does know best!
Today I want to get you thinking about this topic:
What is the life Jesus died to give you?
Jesus said He came to give you life, abundant life (John 10:10). What does that mean? What is this life? The very next verse says that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep (John 10:11). He laid down His life so we could have life. What is this life?
Before we answer that question, I have a gold nugget of truth for you. I dug this gem out of the ground of painful life experiences that didn’t make sense at the time. (Not that they make total sense even now!)
Here it is:
The life experiences that wounded our hearts set us on the path to true Life. The losses, disappointments and sorrow are the strong hands that guide us to abundant life.
When we experience the abundant life, we look back over those tough times. We are grateful for those “grace gifts” of pain that opened our hearts to seek Life and not settle for anything less.
After years and years of struggling with those “grace gifts,” I can honestly say that I am grateful that my Lord used them to bring me to Life.
The abundant life is for now, not life after we get to heaven. Oh, the joy and love that can be ours in the present!
The life Jesus died to give you is far greater than any other life you could plan for yourself.
I invite you to think about 2 things.
- What are the “grace gifts” in your life that the Lord is using to lead you to the abundant life that He promised to give you?
The Lord used shattered dreams to lead me to Life.
- What is this abundant life?
Listen to Jesus’ prayer to His Father in John 17:3:
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
The abundant life is knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son through the Holy Spirit. The life Jesus died to give you is an intimate love relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Meditate on these verses that tell us what Life is:
Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21, ESV)
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:3-4, ESV).
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, ESV).
Come alive in the Lord who gave Himself for you! He is your Life! May you be transformed as your mind is renewed by the truth of your identity in Christ.
Live the Life Jesus Died to Give You
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Be transformed! Come alive!