NOTE:  This is part two of two.  You should first read “Was Jesus the Worst Prophet Ever?

In part one we described how Jesus of Nazareth was either seriously future-vision-challenged . . . or perhaps we have not fully grasped what He meant when He described His mission in John 10.10 as “to give humans Life.  And to give them Life in Abundance.”

So What is Abundance?

Abundance is a mindset.

Abundance is a mindset of peace and a life lived so confidently in God and Self that no matter what challenge, circumstance, or event happens — even if your family lives in . . . Australia, say . . . and your friends all abandon you.

And the IRS wrongfully seizes all your assets.

And you get fired from the job you love.

And you are served with divorce papers.  Or receive the telephone call informing you a Loved One has died.  Or your doctor confirms the worst after your last test.

You know those times.  It seems all the lights in the world have gone out and the world is a very bleak and dark place.  You can actually feel the dark  pressing down upon you and you wonder if you will ever get out of this cave.

Abundance is knowing that is exactly when you and your God shine the brightest.  It is Living in the Certainty that you and God have been here before and you probably will be back here again.  And you and God always manage to get out in one piece. . . to bond, and to have some fun together while you were doing it!  Ahhh, Life is Good!

Abundance is not faith that God has the ability to do something.  Living in Abundance is Living with the certainty that She will do it.

Does Money Bring Joy?

Does Money Bring Joy?

Yes, I know.  You wanted season tickets to your favorite sports team and music venue.  And a promotion at work.  And some credit from your kids once in awhile.  It wouldn’t suck to have a tad more money, a mansion, and some fame, either.

Despite what you might have heard whispered in your Church, you can have all these things.  Jesus is often unfairly misquoted as saying “money is the root of all evil.”  He never said that.  Never!

Jesus came to Save the world, not to condemn it. - John 3.17

Jesus came to Save the world, not to condemn it. – John 3.17

J.C. proclaimed that the “Love of money is the root of all evil.”  And in doing so, the Wise Carpenter reveals one of the most profound Truths about human life.  We do indeed need a house, we need money, and perhaps we even need some status and fame if we are actually going to make disciples of all nations.

None of those things are wrong.  Money is not evil.  Fame does not equate to being self-centered.  Power . . . well, okay, power you have to be pretty careful with . . . but it is not inherently evil.  Just Seductive.  But, the Truth is Jesus promised all of these to you.  Even Power.  “Great Power” in Truth.  He knows we will never be perfect in this Life . . . and yet He trusts us with “Great Power.”  He is Dying for you to have all of these thing.  In Abundance.  It was His Purpose in coming to this planet!  Be clear on that:  He wants you to live in abundance.

And you know why we immediately think of wealth, a nice house, and a fast car as indicia of abundance?  Because someone living in Abundance almost always possesses all of those material trappings.

But those material things are not elements of abundance.  Fame, fortune, and status are the certain by-products of Living in Abundance.

Abundance: It it a Mansion on the Lake? Or something else?

Abundance: It it a Mansion on the Lake? Or something else?

And that is the hilarious irony of abundance:  The person who Lives in Abundance does not need any of those showy possessions or material trappings.  He or she usually possesses them because they naturally flow into your life when you Live in Abundance.

But a person Living in Abundance is absolutely confident that  they possess everything they need to live, within them.  The Abundant Life is a life of self-reliance and one firmly rooted in a deep, meaningful relationship with God.  And a Life where everything is designed to further the purpose that God gave them in this Life.

Look at Joseph’s life, Daniel’s, or King David’s:  these men possessed the same grit and determination to Live Authentically and be true to their purpose at every point in their Life.

It mattered not whether they were living as shepherds or captives  . . . or a potential midnight snack for some hungry felines.  They Loved God and pursued their purpose exactly the same whether dealing with Potipher’s Wife or Nebuchadnezzar’s forgotten dream.  They lived exactly the same when their fortunes improved, each becoming one of the very highest of the elite of the ruling class of a dominant world civilization.  In those period of their lives, each possessed power, fame and money beyond the dreams of avarice.

Abundance: Living in Joy, Truth and Love!

Abundance: Living in Joy, Truth and Love!

And, yet, they lived the same as they always had lived:  In simple yet confident peace, joy, truth and love.

They lived in Abundance.

They lived in Abundance.

May you Live Abundantly,

Scotty b.

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This was part 2.  Return to part 1: “Was Jesus the Worst Prophet Ever?

About Scotty b.

J. Scot Blackburn is a California attorney. His friends call him 'Scotty b.' Scot graduated from Pepperdine Law School after earning business degree from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. Scot runs his own law practice, The Blackburn Law Firm at www.HelpWithMyCase.com. Scotty's interests including reading, football, interpersonal communications, cooking, military history, travelling, golf, and telling near-senseless jokes that only he finds amusing. Scotty's hero is his Grandad, C.C. Blackburn. His favorite movies are The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Few Good Men and The Matrix. His favorite athletes are Roger Staubach, Magic Johnson and Michael "Playmaker" Irvin. Scot's favorite musician is Sebastian Bach (not the German Baroque period composer who shares Scot's initials; but the former Skid Row front man). Scotty created a Board Games Magazine Top 100 Game ("Brain Chain") along with teacher Kris Harter, attorney Alicia Vaz, and graphic designer Roy Ice.

Posted on April 14, 2015, in Abundance, Christianity, Courage, Meaning of Life and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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