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 while interacting with the creation we have been given dominion over. Our God defines good as our expression of life with our fellow man as we walk humbly with Him. This is why the world has no place to put real Christianity. It just does not make any sense to them because everything centers on and revolves around God.
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, abundantly and joyously. Jesus is the way into the kingdom of God. Many of us are near the kingdom of God intellectually but haven’t quite made it through the gate by submitting our heart. 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 give our heart to God we apply the wisdom He gives us for living our day to day life that we begin moving into the kingdom. We are changing our source for life from our knowledge of good to God, our Creator and our true Source for Jesus came to give us life.
As we let go of our old ways of thinking and grab hold of the new our knowledge and understanding grow for seeing life from our Perfect Fathers perspective. We are being transformed as our perception of reality begins to line up with God's original blueprint for how life works through divine design. We are learning that we are not striving to attain, achieve and perform in order to belong with our God who already loves us completely as we are.
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. We are learning how to be a son or daughter of our Perfect Father. As we spend time together with God without our agenda trying to be fulfilled He unfolds the blueprint of our identity to us. 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.
It is very important to keep our focus on God and let Him manage our growth and maturity as a son or daughter. If our focus is on the fruit we are setting ourself up for deception to control us. Walk with God and get to know Him and everything else will fall it place. As a Perfect Father we can trust Him to mold and shape us better than we ever could on our own.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?