Posted in Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Love

My Search for Abundant Life

 

“… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

From Worry To Glory
Searching for the abundant life apart from God’s will is like sailing aimlessly on an endless sea of opportunities.

One statement of Jesus that has a deep and significant impact on me is “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

I read and memorized this verse when I was a small kid attending one of the summertime Daily Vacation Bible School or DVBS. What started then as rote memorization, became gradually a journey to my search for the abundant life.

I was born of parents who are both theology graduates and I grew up with them working from church to church. Because we lived from parsonage to parsonage, I would often say jokingly, “No permanent address” when asked where do I live.

Experiencing the economic and psychological hardships and challenges of being a son of a rural pastor, I would always wonder about that abundant life that the Great Teacher expressed that He came for us to have.

But how can I affirm my confidence on the abundant life that Jesus Christ promised when I experienced injustice, dishonesty, corruption, jealousy, envy and all kinds of strife through and among the very faithful followers of him?

Where is abundance when you went through hunger and poverty because opportunities have become scarce after you made a stand for what is right?

Of course, it is easy to understand what abundant life is in the context of the material world. I grew up with the carnal understanding that to live a life of plenty is to always have more than enough food to eat and you have lots of money to experience living the lifestyle of the rich, like a good house, cars, travels, parties and anything that a person or family could wish for.

Thus, while keeping in my heart and mind the questions I had, I chartered my course towards prosperity. My goals were to study hard in high school to get a college scholarship, graduate a course that would be my ticket to get high paying jobs, do well in my chosen career and finally, live comfortably in affluence.

Then I was well on my way to fulfilling my goals, sailing smoothly, successfully achieving victories left and right. However, later on, after almost a decade of searching and chasing, I reflected at all my striving and struggling using all the gifts that God endowed me to gain the prosperity that I sought, I found myself living a meaningless life.

I exhausted all means to meet my goals but at the end of the day, I found out that when everything in life redounds to achieving financial gain compromising the basic values of truth and justice, I can not find real peace and happiness.

So where could I find true abundant life if it is not present in having material affluence alone?

Finally, after a long tiring journey, my search led me to one great discovery that abundant life is using my fullest potential for the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I discovered that living my life to the fullest is having all my faculties, availability and resources of good use for the glory of God.

Life has never been so very fulfilling. Surprisingly, the more I focused on having my fullest potential be used for him, the blessings keep coming and coming. Indeed, Jesus Christ has come to give life and have it abundantly.

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It Is Raining Now

 

From Worry To Glory
Image: Paul / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Who said it won’t be raining for a long time because of the El Nino phenomenon?

It’s raining now. I thought it was just a droplet and a drizzle passing by and then the Emperor Sun would beat his warm and extremely dry spell on us again.

It’s been 30 minutes since the rain started and it’s still raining now.

Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

Yes, dry seasons of our lives come and go. 

It is when trials burden you and you feel that the world is pushing you down. 

Your fair-weathered friends were long gone. You’re left with your few faithful genuine friends. They are there to share and to care.

Most of all you are left with the best option, which is to pray and pray and pray. 

Faith is one thing that your detractors can never take away from you.

Suddenly, without you expecting it, the Mighty Hand of God hoisted you and carried you easily to better, brighter and higher ground. 

Looking back you can just shake your head in stunning reality for you clearly see how God reversed your precarious situation and brought about abundance and goodness for you and your family.

The dry season is over.

God has filled you up and He will consistently quench your thirst, fill your table with food, and give you limitless opportunities.

Those who lack the wisdom of God will always fail to see His mighty hand moving and causing the seasons to come and go.

Oh God, it is still raining now!

Let us go out and bathe in the goodness of His abundance…now!

Rainy June: The weather over the past weeks have shown that global warming is very far away

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From Worry to Glory

Queenstown by Karl Hipolito with Bible Verse

I can see the drops of tears on the letter that you sent me
Telling me how lonely you were and forsaken
Every night you were crying aloud, wishing that I was by your side
To lend a hand, to lift you up and be your guide

Don’t be scared, trust in God, He will carry you through
Hold on to His promises, He’ll be faithful to you

From worry to glory, let Him be your guiding light
He will take you out of darkness, He will cast your fears aside
From worry to glory, just take His gentle hand
He will hoist you to His mighty throne
And forever you will never be alone

You clearly said all your fears in the letter that you sent me
Telling me you’re slipping away and about to fall
Every night you were praying aloud, hoping God would find a way
To lift you from the ledge of sin and make you pure

Don’t be scared, trust in God, He will carry you through
Hold on to His promises, He’ll be faithful to you

From worry to glory, let Him be your guiding light
He will take you out of darkness, He will cast your fears aside
From worry to glory, just take His gentle hand
He will hoist you to His mighty throne
And forever you will never be alone