Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 19, 2015

"I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10

I don't know anyone who doesn't want more out of life. I'm not sure I would want to know someone like that.

There are four things everyone wants from life; success, someone, self-respect and significance. Jesus came to make it possible for believers to enjoy those basic desires.

Every healthy well-adjusted person strives for success. Success is an indication of competence in a job or career. Success wins respect from others and brings opportunities for advancement. The opposite of success is failure and no one enjoys failing. 

Success begins with your relationship with God through Christ. Success starts when you connect with God and discover the purpose and power He has to give.

But success alone is not enough. Success is far more enjoyable when you can share it with someone else. In addition to success, everyone wants someone to love and be loved by.

The beginning of all healthy relationships is found in a personal relationship with God through Christ. He created you to know Him and to be known by Him. When He is your primary Someone, He is able to lead you into deep level friendships with other Christ-followers.

Discovering successful results and relationships develops the third important area of your life - self-respect! When you are winning in your personal pursuits and winning in your personal relationships your self-respect soars!

Finding success, and someone and self-respect brings you to the most important human need - significance! Your significance is the desire to matter and to make a difference in your world. Significance is formed by how much you matter to the most significant person in your life.

God says, "You matter so much to Me that I sent my Only Son to die for your sins!"

God says, "I sent Jesus to die for your sins because I greatly desire a relationship with you!"

God says, "Having a relationship with you is as important to Me as my relationship with my Son!"

How's that for significance?

When Jesus declared He came to give you life and give it abundantly, He means He wants to bring you success, someone, self-respect and significance! All of that and more is yours through a personal relationship with Christ!

Are you experiencing that abundant life?

If not, why not?