“I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.”
~ John 10:10b, emphasis mine ~
“That He came to us is the most stunning event, most astounding fact in history.
That we can’t get to the cross…so the Cross came to us.”
– Dr. Jeff Meyers, emphasis mine
In a culture and world so desperately sin-sick, I so often lose sight of the “bookends” of God’s story. When I lose the creation context, I forget that God is the Planner, the “Blessed Controller.” The fall sweeps me into the hope-vacuum and it becomes focused on me and my constant failures, my own desperation.
But as a storyteller myself, I finally came back to the Redemption and my personal world rocks with the glory. My heart, my head, can’t quite wrap around the starkness, the blinding, universe-shaking moment that the dragging, imploding darkness flees with the explosion of glorious light. And my heart quiets, somehow wishing for a song big enough to encompass my redemption.
In the world, it seems my personal failures are only mirrored, compounded, and spreading like a virus. What can solve this sin-death, but the One who took on flesh?
And oh, the breathless beauty that He did!
By Jesus taking on humanity, He abundantly sanctified all our normalcy.
“How is such a spiritual, “out-there” thing so earthy? So, here and now?
So Redemption is what we live in, the light that floods us with life.”
– Dr. Jeff Myers, emphasis mine –
There is a life out there that many of us have only begun to taste. An abiding, abundant, peace-radiant, joy-bubbling, Christ-longing life.
Our Father knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8).
He knows we need this abundant life. He knows there is a song-gap in every heart, a longing for music with a swell big enough to carry us through a life and into an eternity.
Not only does he know about this song-hunger–He made it. He made souls that serve a Master. But what Master will we follow?
Only one song will quench us. Only One Life will fill us.
My dear teacher Dr. Jeff Myers taught his students about the principle of abundance. That is, we are not to be content with mediocrity. We are not to be content with merely a well-run race of our own.
An abundant life is a life that spreads. It is light that reaches out. It is a singer that teaches the Greatest Song to every longing soul she finds.
And this abundance–it isn’t something you have to find. It is already yours.
It’s why He came.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
– Matthew 7:7-8, NKJV, emphasis mine –
Sisters, just ask. Today, ask. Enter the abundance that the Cross unleashed.
“If God has given you life abundantly, why aren’t you using it?”
~ Luci Swindoll ~
“To the one who is able to protect you from falling, and to present you blameless and rejoicing before his glorious presence,to the only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, belong glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, now and forever. Amen.”
– Jude 24-25, CEB, emphasis mine-