“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus promised an abundant life, life to the full. What a significant promise, a life beyond the ordinary or the mundane. This is a promise to get you out of bed and into your day. Yet many will be sceptical, they may even ask what happened to their promised abundance as their existence seems to be marked by scarcity. In modern western nations we mis-read these verses because we read them through the lens of contemporary capitalist societies. For us we see abundance in terms of accumulation, profile and ease. If we have more than most, if we grow our social media platform, if we can live an easy life enjoying our accumulated wealth, that would be abundance.
That is not the abundance Jesus is speaking of. We get a hint of the values of Jesus when Paul writes to the church in Corinth. He says that in the end the key values that will remain will be faith, hope and love. Jesus’ life was to teach and release faith, hope and love. This is not to say that enjoying wealth or profile or ease is not good. What it is does say is Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was not to make you materially wealthy but spiritually rich. Even in scarcity and times of challenge, we can have an abundance of faith, hope and love.
Pray for fresh eyes and an open heart to see where God has given you an abundance of faith, hope and love in the Easter season.
Lord we come to you and confess that we have too easily fallen for the values of our community rather than the values of the kingdom. We have pursued the abundance of the present rather than the wealth of the eternal. Our prayer today, as to reflect on the Easter ahead of us, is that we will have a fresh grasp of the abundance of faith, hope and love available to us through Jesus.
Karl Faase is the CEO of Olive Tree Media, a Christian ministry that has produced documentaries such as Towards Belief, Jesus the Game Changer seasons 1,2 & 3 as well as the new series to be released in 2022, Faith Runs Deep. Karl is the presenter of the Daily Nudge radio spots played on stations across Australia. Karl is married to Jane, who is the Creative Director of Olive Tree Media and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.