LIFE WITH ADVANTAGE

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

What kind of life did Jesus come to give us? Of course this life, this abundant life, that Jesus purchased for us with His blood, effects every other part of our lives. Some may think that Christ purchased just a ticket to heaven, not hardly. He purchased a different quality of life for us. It starts with access to Him which fills our being with the life of a God. This life is sweeter and completely satisfying. But there is even more, this resurrection life effects every thing else that pertains to us. It effects our body, our relationships, and even our finances. Like Abraham, every place our foot treads begins to be effected. Here is how Matthew Henry described this abundant life.

“Life is inclusive of all good, and stands in opposition to the death threatened; that we might have life, as a criminal has when he is pardoned, as a sick man when he is cured, a dead man when he is raised; that we might be justified, sanctified, and at last glorified. That they might have it more abundantly. As we read it, it is comparative, that they might have a life more abundant than that which was lost and forfeited by sin, more abundant than that which was promised by the law of Moses, length of days in Canaan, more abundant than could have been expected or than we are able to ask or think. But it may be construed without a note of comparison, that they might have abundance, or might have it abundantly. Christ came to give life and—something more, something better, life with advantage; that in Christ we might not only live, but live comfortably, live plentifully, live and rejoice. Life in abundance is eternal life, life without death or fear of death, life and much more.”

I like what Henry said, we now have a life of advantage. Our business endeavors carry the blessing of God. Our talents are enhanced so that we become more productive. Rather than living under a curse waiting for the next shoe to fall, our lives are blessed. The Lord goes before us as our Shepherd, as a result we will not lack.

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