Vida Abundante

I have been working through anxiety similar to what Elizabeth described yesterday. And the past week or so God was trying to pull me into His arms so I could collapse in the truth that He is in control and He has so much for me- starting immediately, here on earth.

The topic of “life on earth” just happened to come up three different times in the past 10 days.

1) Since moving in to our house last August, we have been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses at least 6 times. If there is some kind of ‘target registry’ for Jehovah’s Witnesses evangelism, we are on it. The conversations started out friendly enough, I would refuse their booklet and explain what I believe (usually to Spanish speakers). When the two men knocked on our door last Saturday I was somewhat annoyed because we had requested of the last 4 visitors not to send more Witnesses to our house. I was fairly combative and we got into an energetic discussion about how they could say for sure that 144,000 people were going to heaven and why there would be a division of those in heaven and those on earth eternally.

Anyway, I felt somewhat clumsy as I tried to explain what it meant in Christianity for the meek to inherit the earth and what life on earth (until Jesus comes back) should be like as a Christian. I wanted to describe how a life transformed in Christ means new life – starting now, here on earth- and that He has already overcome the world, so we as his children are conquerors! The language barrier only accounted for part of my inability to communicate what life in Christ means.

[on a side note, I was also convicted of not being prepared to evangelize to the Witnesses in a way relevant to them…I have the real Good News! My conversation could have been more gracious, and seasoned with salt. Colossians 4:6]

2) Later in the week at Christian Legal Society, we were discussing Romans 8 and new life in Christ was on my heart and mind again- taking somewhat of a clearer focus. Do I actually live like the Spirit has set me free from the law of sin and death, and like there is NO condemnation for those in Christ? [or do I complain about everything I have to do, how busy I am and how stressful my life is..]. It was necessary for me to meditate on that chapter:

Romans 8:1, 2, & 11

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

3) The third wake-up jab came from a blurb on our local Christian radio. Honestly I don’t remember what the pastor was talking about, but I tuned in right as he mentioned having abundant life in Christ now. I remember thinking, ‘Ok, God. I get it. I can have life to the full in you. You are trying to impress upon me the importance of that promise….”

John 10:10(b)

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

And it all became clear(er) in church on Sunday. In wrapping up a series on the 7 deadly sins, the pastor explained that it isn’t our own will that will set us free from death. We can’t try harder. We can’t help ourselves. The pastor specifically referred to those who live their lives feeling as though they are struggling through each day, just trying to survive. I definitely have those days. But that isn’t what life is supposed to be like. Christ didn’t die to give us a little boost in the tough times. Christ died to completely change who we are. I must accept my new identity fully and let my mind and heart be transformed.

In order to live as a child of God, I need to remind myself daily of what that means. I am adored, lavished with love, and secure in the Lord’s royal family.

Let Zephaniah 3:17 be that reminder for you today:

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.

I am a Christian! I pray that I can LIVE out the HOPE and JOY that is in Christ in everything I do. May His light shine through my life and be irresistible to those around me.


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