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.
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!
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.
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.
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,
This was part 2. Return to part 1: “Was Jesus the Worst Prophet Ever?“
NOTE: This is part one of two. Click here to read part two: “What is Abundance?“
We all want it. But for most of us, Abundance seems elusive enough to make the Scarlet Pimpernel jealous.
Christians believe that the founder of their religion promised it to them. In fact, Jesus claimed that His purpose in coming to this planet was: That humans might have Life, and have it more abundantly. – John 10.10
Jesus was clearly the absolute worst prognosticator that Planet Earth has ever seen. How many Christians were put to death by the Roman Empire within a couple of centuries after Jesus was here? That doesn’t sound like Someone who came “to give them Life.”
How many Christians do you know that “Live in Abundance”? I have an incredible Church, and yet some weeks we sound like we have nothing better to do than gripe and moan about our poor lot in life. That doesn’t sound like Abundance.
We can deduce only one of two things from this: If Nostradamus and Jesus of Nazareth have conflicting prophecies, go with El Costa Nostra!
Seriously: Jesus couldn’t have been more off on both sides of the “Abundance Prophecy!” If J.C. told you the Cowboys were a lock to win their next game in Washington D.C.; you should sell everything you have, borrow as much as you can, fly to Vegas, and bet it all on the Redskins!
Or, perhaps, I will choose “Promises that Great People Have Made That I Don’t Fully Understand, for $1,000, Alex.”
There would be very little Jeopardy of hearing George Alexander Trebek respond with something materially different than:
“Answer: Commonly thought of as fortune, fame, status, and material security; what word actually describes a mindset of such confident faith in God and Self; such that one possesses complete peace of mind and lives continuously in joy, truth, and love?”
Abundance, as Jesus employed the word, means living authentically and in harmony with one’s purpose and principles. Despite what us Christians often preach…it does not mean living perfectly. Just Authentically and True to Our Beliefs.
Abundance: Living Authentically and in Harmony with our Principles.
NOTE: This post is part one of two. Click here to read part two: “What is Abundance?“
To Your Abundant Life,
The quality of your Life is determined solely by the emotions you feel. Money, power, fame, status, religion and even relationships are “middle-men.” That is all they are. They are convenient for us to praise or blame as the source or lack of Joy in our Lives. But if you were the richest, most famous athlete in the world — but always unhappy — your Life would suck.
But the most humble, uneducated person with limited prospects — who is always happy — has a terrific Life!
A large bank account, political connections, or being a famous musician do not bring Joy into your Life. Although counter-intuitive, they are not the cause of Joy. They are the Effect. The amount of money, power, fame or status; the strength of your relationship with your God, or the quality of your relationship with others — are ALL the result of working at something you Love and something that brings you Joy. And your bank account, Faith in God, and Love with your partner or significant other increases or decreases accordingly.
Ergo, YOU are 100% personally responsible for deciding which emotions to experience.
Many of us will delude ourselves and try to deny the Truth of the above sentence. We will lie to ourselves and tell ourselves that we were born without the same advantage(s), that ‘you need money to make money,’ our ex- left us in a terrible state, we are drowning in school loans, don’t have connections, are unlovable, or some other equally-ridiculous lie.
Everyone else has problems, too. If you Live in the U.S. and you work at a minimum wage job — you make more money each year than 93% of this planet’s population! And yet most minimum-wage earners in the U.S. mope around and hang their head like they are unlovable. We all think our problems are so large and so overwhelming. No problem exists that others have not had to overcome. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1.9 No problem is bigger than God. Which means Faith can overcome anything.
So answer the questions below truthfully every day. Then make a 100% decision and commitment to doing what it takes to feel the way you wish.
Decide now to Live the Extraordinary Life of Your Dreams!
GOD CREATED YOU TO LIVE, not exist, and Jesus came so you could LIVE ABUNDANTLY. Anything less shows your ingratitude to God and derision for His providing you that Freedom of Choice. When you settle for less, you cast a vote against God’s government and in favor of the regime proposed by your enemy.
LIVE PURPOSEFULLY AND ABUNDANTLY. Or live in fear. But do not deceive yourself: THE CHOICE IS YOURS, AND YOURS ALONE. No power on Earth can take God’s Gift of Choice away from you.
- How do you want to feel at the end of this day?
- How do you want to feel at the end of this week?
- How do you want to feel at the end of this year?
Answers these questions and then decide what you need to do to feel like that. Then do it – whether you feel like it or not. Don’t let anything side track you. We often get sidetracked by money, things, complements, insults, religion, promotions, ‘toys,’ and often relationships. . . but NONE of these things will last without PROGRESS.
PROGRESS will make you feel alive. Progress will make you feel the way you wish.
Perfection, Christians, is unattainable in this world. Read your Bible carefully…Christians are not called upon to be perfect. Christians are called upon to progress each day.
Don’t be discouraged because you are imperfect. That is what being a Human means: imperfect. Focus on getting better each day — and your Life will change instantly, dramatically, and forever!
LIVE YOUR PURPOSE. Not your circumstances.
From my heart to yours,