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Live Life Abundantly

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

In John 10:10, YAHUSHA said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. Unlike a thief, YAHUSHA does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get. He comes that people may have life in Him that is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal. We receive this abundant life the moment we believe and accept Him as our Savior.


This word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.” In short, YAHUSHA promises us a life far better than we could ever imagine, a concept reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what YAHUAH has prepared for those who love him.” The apostle Paul tells us that YAHUAH is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, and He does it by His power, a power that is at work within us if we belong to Him (Ephesians 3:20).


Before we begin to have visions of lavish homes, expensive cars, worldwide cruises, and more money than we know what to do with, we need to pause and think about what YAHUSHA teaches regarding this abundant life. The Scriptues tells us that wealth, prestige, position, and power in this world are not YAHUAH’s priorities for us (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). In terms of economic, academic, and social status, most believers do not come from the privileged classes. Clearly, then, abundant life does not consist of an abundance of material things. If that were the case, YAHUSHA would have been the wealthiest of men. But just the opposite is true (Matthew 8:20).


Abundant life is eternal life, a life that begins the moment we come to MASHIACH and receive Him as Savior, and goes on throughout all eternity. The biblical definition of life — specifically eternal life — is provided by YAHUSHA Himself: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true ALAHIYM, and YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). This definition makes no mention of length of days, health, prosperity, family, or occupation. As a matter of fact, the only thing it does mention is knowledge of YAHUAH, which is the key to a truly abundant life.


What is the abundant life? First, abundance is spiritual abundance, not material. In fact, YAHUAH is not overly concerned with the physical circumstances of our lives. He assures us that we need not worry about what we will eat or wear (Matthew 6:25-32; Philippians 4:19). Physical blessings may or may not be part of a Yahuah-centered life; neither our wealth nor our poverty is a sure indication of our standing with YAHUAH. Solomon had all the material blessings available to a man yet found it all to be meaningless (Ecclesiastes 5:10-15). Paul, on the other hand, was content in whatever physical circumstances he found himself (Philippians 4:11-12).


Second, eternal life, the life a Believer is truly concerned with, is not determined by duration but by a relationship with YAHUAH. This is why, once we are converted and receive the gift of the Ruach Ha'Qodesh, we are said to have eternal life already (1 John 5:11-13), though not, of course, in its fullness. Length of life on earth is not synonymous with abundant life.


Finally, a Believer’s life revolves around “grow[ing] in the grace and knowledge of our Savior YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH” (2 Peter 3:18). This teaches us that the abundant life is a continual process of learning, practicing, and maturing, as well as failing, recovering, adjusting, enduring, and overcoming, because, in our present state, “we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Corinthians 13:12). One day we will see YAHUAH face to face, and we will know Him completely as we will be known completely (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will no longer struggle with sin and doubt. This will be the ultimate fulfilled abundant life.


Although we are naturally desirous of material things, as Believers our perspective on life must be revolutionized (Romans 12:2). Just as we become new creations when we come to MASHIACH(2 Corinthians 5:17), so must our understanding of “abundance” be transformed. True abundant life consists of an abundance of love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23), not an abundance of “stuff.” It consists of life that is eternal, and, therefore, our interest is in the eternal, not the temporal. Paul admonishes us, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with MASHIACH in YAHUAH” (Colossians 3:2-3).

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