Abundant Life is in God's Plan for His People
Abundant life, in this article, is a reference to having more than one needs. John 10:10 teaches that Jesus came that His people might have abundant life.
In our text (see I Cor. 2:6-10), Paul says that God has kept secret from human authorities and popular wisdom some plans that are only for those who belong to God. Thus, we have the inspiration for the title of this series of devotionals, “God Has a Plan.”
When we look at so much going on in our world, we are tempted to wonder, "Is God still around"? The stock market and economy are all over the place. People are dying so unexpectantly. And relationships that we thought were so trust worthy are proving that they are not as worthy of trust as we supposed.
But yet I declare to all who read these words that God has a plan. I want to suggest in this series of devotionals that “We should be mindful of God’s plan and our status.”
In this devotional, let’s focus on how God’s plan includes abundant life. It is in God’s plan for those who accept Christ as their savior by faith to be saved from going to Hell (see Jn. 3:16).
It is not individual genius nor the skill of the preacher that makes a person have faith. Somehow God has planned who will accept Jesus as his or her savior by faith (see Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 2:8-9).
Make sure you are saved. Try to help others get saved. Thank God that your salvation is a part of His plan for you to have abundant life.
Abundantly life includes peace of mind. Even when life doesn’t make sense, God can give us a peace of mind that transcends all understanding (see Phil. 4:7). When bills are not paid, loved ones are not being loveable, health is not strong, and church is not what it ought to be, God can still give us peace.
Abundantly life includes joy. Joy should not be confused with happiness. Happiness is feeling good became of the good things that have happened. But joy is feeling good because of one’s relationship with the Lord.
There is nothing to be happy about when your blood pressure is too high, your house is being foreclosed upon, or your children are getting in trouble with the law. But God can give us joy, in knowing that His plan is still under way.
Abundantly life includes hope. Hope should not be confused with optimism. Optimism believes that there is a brighter day ahead because people are basically good, or because fate has it that way, or because luck is coming our way.
Hope, however, believes that there is a brighter day ahead because God promised to work all things out for the good of those who love the Lord and called according to His purpose (see Rom. 8:28).
And then abundantly includes “stuff” for some of us. God has some more money, some more relationships, and even some more health and strength for some of us. Praise the Lord!
However, if you are not a recipient of more “stuff,” don’t forget that peace, joy, and hope are more valuable. An old car with joy is better than a Lexus with no joy.
An old bed with peace of mind is better than a Sleep Number or Memory Foam bed with no peace of mind. God’s plan and abundantly life are greater than “stuff.”
Are you really saved? How does your explanation of your salvation relate to your accepting Christ as your savior by faith – to your asking and trusting God to save you because of Jesus’ substationary death for your sins?
Do you really appreciate the value of peace of mind? Do you really appreciate the value of joy? Do you really appreciate the value of hope?
What will you do to improve in these areas?
Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is high above popular wisdom. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.
I confess that I have not always valued peace, joy, and hope as much as I should. Sometimes I have placed too much value on “stuff.” Please forgive me for this and my many others sins, in the name of Jesus.
Please help me to stay focused that abundantly life and your plan for me. I thank You, in the name or your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Please complete the feedback form below.
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