I have abundant life because of my relationship with God, not because of my circumstances.
John 10:9,10 (NLT)
Yes, I (Jesus) am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
Jesus is not talking to us about the future in these verses, He is talking about now. Now is one of the primary words in our spiritual vocabulary. We are often confused about what living life abundantly means because God’s definition of life and the worlds are not the same. Our God defines life as fellowship with Him. Our God defines what good is an expression of walking with Him. This is why the world has no place to put real Christianity. It just does not make any sense to them.
Since the life Jesus is referring to is now in the present we do not have to wait to get to heaven in order to begin really living life to its fullest. Jesus is the gate to the kingdom of God. Many of us are near the kingdom of God but haven’t quite made it through the door yet. Jesus is telling us in these verses that the kingdom of God and life are here and available today. It is our enemy that wants us to believe this is not a reality for us today.
When we accept that Jesus is who He says He is and that He has and will do what He says we have come to the door of the kingdom of God. It is when we apply the wisdom God gives us for living our day to day life that we begin moving into the kingdom. The more we accept and apply God’s wisdom to our complete life the more we begin to grow. We start gaining knowledge with understanding. We start to see our self and the world around us from God’s point of view.
As our knowledge and understanding grow, seeing life from out Perfect Fathers perspective we are being transformed. We are renewing our mind and mindset. We are changing from a dominantly Greek or Hellenistic mindset to our Creators mindset for us. This means that we are becoming heart led instead of being driven by our intellect. This is very scary for most of us, especially if our intelligence is an idol for us.
As we walk with our God and fellowship with Him we are learning how to do this. He is training our heart in the ways we should go. It is the baby steps we take that allow us to grow in our trust of God and our growing willingness for Him to lead us in every area of our life. As we do this we begin to bear fruit, spiritual fruit, relational fruit and physical fruit.