Life to its Fullest

I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.—John 10:10

A nest which God seeks to overturn in our lives is spiritual complacency. Many Christians are content to live at a level far below the best. It might be comfortable in the nest, but it is far better to expand one’s wings, launch out into the clear, blue sky, and live life to its fullest potential. God’s desire is to get you out of the nest and up into the air.

I am thinking particularly of those Christians who, although soundly saved and fully committed to Jesus Christ, have never experienced all the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Although every Christian has the Holy Spirit (1Co 12:3), the Holy Spirit does not have every Christian. When you surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit came in to regenerate you, give you a new birth, but now you need to experience another encounter with the Spirit that lifts you clean out of the nest and up into the air.

The text before us today claims that Jesus came not merely to give us life but to give it—abundantly. One writer says of this verse: “At conversion, Christ gives us life, but when we experience the fullness of the Spirit, we encounter not merely life but life that is abundant. In conversion, God’s life is imparted to us. In the fullness of the Spirit, God’s life inundates us.” A sign over a shop read: “Life Ltd.” A sign could be put over our individual and collectives lives: “Life Ltd.” And yet Jesus said that the purpose of His coming was to give life more abundantly.

Prayer

O Father, take me from life limited to Life Unlimited. I have lived far too long in the nest. Now I want to get up into the air. Amen.

Further Study

Ac 1-2; Jn 7:38-39; 1Co 3:16; Rm 8:11

What caused the disciples to soar to new heights?

What does the word “quicken” (KJV) mean?

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