This article is by Mary Southerland and published by Crosswalk
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).
Jesus lived and died so that we can experience abundant life. How often do we pass over those words without stopping to grasp the amazing truth they hold. Jesus did not come so that we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. God’s plan is for us to thrive in the midst of the days, months, and years we call life. A continual feast of joy – with every breath we take. John 10:10 clearly states the promise of God, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV). In this verse, “abundant” literally means “going beyond; full or exuberant.” In other words, abundant life is a life filled with joy. Even in the midst of a joy-less world, we can live a joy-filled life for one simple reason – God is in control! And because He is in control, we are promised, “A cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15, NIV).