Jesus said that He came so that we may not only have life but have abundant life. What exactly did He mean by that? What is abundance and what does it refer to?
The word abundant or abundantly are numbers 4052 and 4053 in the Greek language reference found in Strong’s Concordance. They refer to “overflowing” and “excess.” Many Christians think that this means that Jesus came to give them lots of physical blessings and possessions. While God indeed may choose to bless us this way, that’s not what Jesus is about.
Luke 4:18-19 quotes Jesus saying why He came: “The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Notice He does not say to greatly increase His follower’s physical wealth and possessions. That’s very important, since some believers think that’s exactly what He means. On the contrary, the only promise Jesus makes about seeing to our physical needs appears in Matthew 6:33, and that promise is conditional on first filling the spiritual mandates to seek His kingdom and righteousness first.
So, what kinds of abundance? Spiritual abundance, the kind that comes from a close walk with Him so we can be free from things that would otherwise hold us back from completely enjoying life: poverty, lack of purpose in life (knowing the Gospel), and physical limitations. While He was among us on this earth, He did indeed heal the blind, lame and others who were afflicted in some way, and that in connection with the Gospel brings great hope and encouragement. He still heals people, but the greatest of all healing is spiritual. There’s nothing like it when a person’s focus changes from looking at wealth and possessions and this world’s standards to the spiritual wealth that comes when the person turns his attention to God and His true abundance that will last for eternity.
Pastor G and I pray that you indeed are greatly blessed with that spiritual abundance Christ brought with Him years ago and that is available to all those that are His today. If you have been focusing on the physical, you can now change and receive those abundant blessings. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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