Spice Up Your Life!

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 

It’s true; my middle school days were marked by a closeted love for the Spice Girls.  It wasn’t until I was 24 and they went on their legendary reunion tour, when I could publicly come out of hiding and embrace my inner Spice Girl with my mom, my youngest sister Abby, and 10,000 of our closest teeny bopper friends.  Don’t judge…I know you’re jealous.

While I will always love Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Scary, and Baby, as they sing about “spicing up their life with positivity,” it’s clear to me that somewhere along the way, they’ve missed the boat… 

The key to the spiciest life of all?  John 10:10.  Jesus didn’t just come so we could live, but He came so we could live ABUNDANTLY.  

There are those (myself included) who mistakenly assume at times that living in Christ means giving up lots of things you love, following a bunch a rules, and living a boring life.

I cringe even now that I can easily fall into that category, because the truth is it is only when we’re living in Christ that we’re truly living.  

In John 10, Jesus doesn’t say, “I have come to make you follow me and obey my rules.”

Nope!  He says, “I have come because you are in need of a Savior.  Because I am your Shepherd who watches over you and willingly lays down His life for His sheep.  Because I love you more than you will ever be able to comprehend.  Because in me, I am offering you abundant life—a superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient life.  I have come so you can finally start living!”

Ephesians 2 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5)

We were dead in our sin, but made alive in Christ.  Grace, Mercy, Love, and Abundant Life.  I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the eternal blessings and exceeding joy readily available to us in Christ. 

Rather than going through motions and living in the mundane, let’s take advantage of Christ’s abundance and start living!  Go ahead, spice up your life!   

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:17-19  

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