Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life (2)

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

Jesus did not only come to offer us life in lieu of the death and destruction that the devil brings, He came to offer us a more abundant life.

An abundant life connotes fullness and surplus, with nothing lacking. Therefore, there is a surplus in every facet of the life that Jesus gives. That means full stature and robust health in the physical, emotional wholeness, mental acuteness, social integration, spiritual growth, productivity at work, profitability in business, sustained and balanced self-development, as well as a generally fruitful life. These are some of the benefits that come with the abundant life that Jesus offers.

But He does not force Himself or His package on anyone; whoever desires to enjoy Him must first make a decision to repent of his/her sins and then consciously subscribe to Him by accepting Him as Lord and Saviour. Then, such person must devote him/herself to constant fellowship with Him in prayers, Bible study and congregating with other believers. It is by doing these that one grows spiritually and attains the understanding that positions one for a more abundant living.

Although abundant life can be seen physically, it is not a tangible bestowal. Rather, it is a material state that is triggered by an intangible mental process of understanding all that Christ has done and accepting such as one’s own heritage. This will then result in living one’s life based on that confidence.

The abundant life Jesus gives is available to everyone who has confessed Him as Lord. But it takes devotion to Him in prayers, Bible study and fellowship to attain the understanding that will deliver it and make it a personal experience.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Ant and the Contact Lens

The Ant and the Contact Lens

The Ant and the Contact Lens

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.

In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lost a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.

When she told her father, who is a cartoonist the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.”

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. – Psalm 33:18

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.

He handed me a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Wasu, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’

Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Wasu’s Mission Statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew me away, especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wasu said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’

I said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’

Wasu smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water and orange juice.’

Almost stuttering, I said, ‘I’ll take a Lassi.’

Handing me my drink, Wasu said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The Hindu, Times of India, ET and India Today.’

As we were pulling away, Wasu handed me another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’

And as if that weren’t enough, Wasu told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for me.

Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he’d be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.

I was amazed and asked him, ‘Tell me, Wasu, have you always served customers like this?’

Wasu smiled into the rearview mirror. ‘No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about the power of choice one day.’

‘Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle.’

‘If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. Don’t be a duck. Stop complaining. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’

‘That hit me right,’ said Wasu.

‘It is about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that has paid off for you,’ I said.

‘It sure has,’ Wasu replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on it.’

Wasu made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

“You don’t die if you fall into pool, you die only if you don’t swim.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. – 1 Corinthians 15:10

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Purpose: Sent to Highlight the Truth

Purpose: Sent to Highlight the Truth

Jesus answered, “…For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. – John 18:37

Another reason Jesus came to earth is captured in the passage above where He declared that He came to bear witness to the truth. The fact that Jesus came on account of the truth points at the existence of lies. Lies are dangerous; they can derail one from the right path; they can also destroy life or kill initiative. Just as there is God’s truth in every life situation, so also do lies exist that are meant to distort the truth and mislead.

The truth is the ideal, lie is never an ideal. And Jesus came to illuminate, to broadcast and to enforce the truth so that the influence of lie can be reduced. There were many shrouded issues of life that Jesus shed light on in the scriptures. He helped us to put a name to many phenomena as well as appropriately define certain things.

Lie puts one in the bondage of fear and despair. Truth is the source of all freedom (John 8:32). When the truth of any matter is revealed, all the terrors associated with the lie are cast away and confusion gives way to understanding. As an apostle of truth, Jesus came to relieve us of the tension of living in ignorance and guesswork. He came to add precision to our mode of operation.

There are also apostles of truth all around us today. These are people who are obsessed with knowing the truth of any matter and getting to the root of phenomenon usually accepted on the face value by others. They always ask questions and query even the obvious. They could be scientists, researchers, archaeologists, academics, philosophers, teachers of the scriptures, people with scientific inclination, and many others. The world owes so much to the findings of these people. They can never become irrelevant.

If your obsession syncs with the above, perhaps you are called to be a witness to the truth in the matter that is agitating you.

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Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life

Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant 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

In not so many words, Jesus summed up the mission of the devil (herein called the thief) on earth; he came to steal from mankind, as well as to kill and to destroy them. Now, this diabolical mission of the devil is not to be taken literally, as he does not just steal material things, neither does he merely snuff out the life when he kills, nor only just destroys tangibles. His assignments are far more horrendous than that.

For instance, in addition to stealing our asset; he also seeks to steal our peace, joy, harmony, virginity, conscience, rewards, attention, focus and so on. Moreover, he does not only kill someone physically – as if that is not bad enough – but, he also seeks to kill our dreams, enthusiasm, energy, moral, morale, passion, spirituality and so forth; while, his destructive mission also extends to our labour, marriage, testimony, plan, source of pride, harvests, environments, atmospheres, as well as our relationships with God, with spouse, and with others, among other things.

However, Jesus came to do the opposite. He came that we may have life instead of the death and destruction that the devil has in his kitty for us. Having courted death and destruction because of the disobedience in the Garden of Eden, Jesus came to offer Himself as the once-for-all propitiation to remove the death sentence on humankind by dying on the cross. There, He also took on the doom that was the lot of humans on account of the curse pronounced after the fall, by so doing wiping out the knell of destruction hovering around humans for sins committed.

Jesus came to do that much for us. But He forces the gifts He offers on no one. Only those who accept Him as their Lord and Saviour can benefit from His ministry, His offerings, and His works. Will you?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

Purpose: Sent to Execute God’s Will

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:38

Among other missions, Jesus also came to execute the will of God. He came to ensure that the counsel of God on every matter is upheld and the pleasures of God are consummated.

God’s will is an indicator of the opinion of God on any matter. There is no middle course with God. He has an opinion about every issue under heaven, and this His bias can also be called His will. God has a will concerning living, attitude, career and business, marriage, as well as other forms of being and social interactions. It is this will that Jesus came to fulfil.

He did not come to lord the will of God over His people; He actually came to acquaint us with what God’s will is by unveiling them in His teachings, parables and miracles. He reached out to the lost that God wanted them saved; He told the confused that God wanted them to have clarity; He assured the blind that God wanted them to see; He helped the infirm to appreciate that God wanted them whole, and He helped the poor to understand that God had no delight in their misery, but is very passionate about their success. He ministered to various life situations, and by so doing established the will of God concerning such matters. He did not do what God wouldn’t do or wouldn’t want to be done. He only instituted the counsel of God, with no vestige of personal agenda. He was a worthy Ambassador of God.

Just like Jesus, there are a number of individuals called to enforce the will of God on earth. These people are usually knowledgeable about the Bible, which contains the whole counsel of God, and they go to a great length to inform, enlighten and persuade others as to how to access God and operate in compliance with His will.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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