March 7, 2005
I’ve come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.
There are three kinds of people: natural, carnal and spiritual. The natural man doesn’t know Christ and has never been “born again.” The spiritual man is one who lives the normative Christian life. And those carnal people are the babes or immature believers in Christ.
Simple enough. Life versus no life. There are people who believe in Christ and those who don’t. The Scripture says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
There is abundant life in Jesus Christ. Only you know if you are in Christ or outside of Him. Which class are you? Are you among the living dead? Those who have never experienced new life in Christ still live, but have no real life in Jesus. They have existence, but no life.
Or maybe you’re a Christian, and you could confidently say, “I am saved. I know I’m going to heaven.” But that’s all it means to some—just fire insurance for the future. You’re certain of heaven, but you’re not quite certain why you’re certain. And the fact is that you’re not enjoying the Christian life—the abundant life.
And then…there are those believers who have heaven as their hope and future home, and they hold it in their hearts. That, my friend, is having abundant life! Unfortunately, some people think that the spirit-filled Christian life is only for missionaries, ministers, and church leaders, and that the rest of us should just sort of grin and bear it through life until we can get to heaven.
My encouragement to you this day is this: God wants you, Christian, to live a vibrant, victorious, dynamic, and delightful spirit-filled life. Don’t bring the Bible down to your own experience as many people so often do. Always seek to do what the Word of God promises and commands. Seek to live the abundant life Christ has promised, today.