Jesus said that He wants us to have life, and to have it more abundantly, right? I took an entire class on this verse while in Bible College. “The Abundant Life 101.”
That class was useless. In fact, I didn’t learn much of anything about the true and living God during my four years at Bible College.
Real learning for me happened after I began homeschooling. I thank homeschooling for my real education. During those years I learned to make sense of the Bible, but I also learned that ‘learning’ is fun! Honeybee colonies, and galaxies, and the difference between object pronouns and subject pronouns…so many wonderful things to learn!
Most importantly, after about seven years of homeschooling, I learned that my devotion to Christianity’s rules and regulations had turned me into a raging meanie who had lost touch with reality.
That was an important thing to learn because God used that awareness to bring me back to Him. Real life began again. He reminded me of the joy of my salvation; He once again provided me with that glorious joy that only He can give.
I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. As I grew to know Him and His love for me, and perhaps more importantly, His acceptance of me, I began to understand what Jesus meant when He said that ‘He came so that we might have life.’
There is no real life apart from the Lord. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the resurrection and the life.
John 5:26 also talks about this “real life.”
“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.”
Life begins by responding to Him in faith, and by believing in what He has already done for you: Jesus Christ died, was buried and then He rose again. When you believe in the gospel you receive spiritual life. The life that you receive is Him, His Spirit.
Real life begins there… and it never ends. We have been given an eternal life. As we walk in the Spirit, we are trusting Him. We trust Him today, tomorrow and we will trust Him for all of eternity.
Let’s continue trusting Him every day and in every circumstance.
February 25, 2016