The Abundant Life

W. Terry Varner
February 8, 2015

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). In other words, man has problems as he lives life. Since creation man has had to struggle in a world of thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-18). The Christian is no exception.

Medical science has been able to add years to life, but the greatest problem they cannot do is to add life to years. Abundant living requires daily cultivation. We ought not think that the art of living is found in many years of existence. Methuselah lived 969 years (Gen. 5:27), but as far as we know, he never accomplished a worthy thing. By the same token, secular knowledge does not guarantee an abundant life. Solomon, the wisest man of all ages except for Jesus, said, “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases in knowledge increases sorrow” (Eccl. 1:18). Any knowledge on any level that forgets God is a knowledge that leads to sorrow.

An Abundant Life Revolves Around a Center. Every life must have a center or point of reference. There must be a place that we can look to focus on, or a place where we can return. Mathematically the place is the decimal point. In reading literature, it is found in the basic rules of grammar and interpretation. In religion it is found in Christ. “For me to live is Christ” (Philip. 1:21) as Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6).

An Abundant Life Is Optimistic. An observation of humanity reveals that one’s attitude make either for success or failure. One of the necessary attitudes that we must have to enjoy the abundant life is optimism.

Optimism is a fruit of the relationship with God through Christianity. “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Ps. 23:4)—we have God with us. “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Rom. 8:31)—we have God on our side. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philip. 4:13)—we can be optimistic through the strength we obtain from Christ. “Let not you heart be troubled: you believed in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1)—we must have a strong faith in God.

An Abundant Life Creates in Us the Desire to Follow God’s Will. We must manifest the attitude of Jesus in Gethsemane, “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). Remember Jesus taught us to pray that God’s “will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

We musty learn to see things from God’s viewpoint. God looks at things differently from how man looks at things. The story is told of a Chinese delegate to the United Nations who was interviewed by a reporter. He was asked, “What is one of the oddest things about Americans?” After a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “The peculiar slant of their eyes.” In enjoying the abundant living, the Christian has lost his viewpoint and is absorbed into God’s viewpoint. “For me to live is Christ” (Philip. 1:21); God’s viewpoint makes for abundant life.

An Abundant Life Is Unafraid. One of the great adversaries to an abundant life is a life of fear. Everywhere you turn is fear, fear, fear—disease, starvation, terrorism, death, etc. Consider the importance of our faith in God: “I had fainted unless I had believed” (Ps. 27:13). Our soul’s hope: “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Heb. 6:19). Our love: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).