Abundant Life Needed

  
God doesn’t want to have a life that only looks good on the outside. He wants you to live an abundant life in Christ from the inside.

That means facing the challenges, sticking it out through the hard stuff to learn the hard lessons.

That means knowing that your identity is in Christ, not a title, a position or job.

Your worth is who you are in Christ, not what you have (or don’t have).

You are completely, endlessly and for all eternity love because you have been embraced by God through Christ Jesus.

You were made for more than just an easy life. You have been made to live a God ordained, Christ centered, Holy Spirit powered abundant life in Christ.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬ NET)

Comfort Zones

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Your comfort zone is when you do what you have always done.

When you go where you have always gone and see the same people you always see.

But then Jesus walks into your life and whispers “follow me” and He leads you right out of your comfort zone.

He leads you to go to new places and to see different people.

He leads you to learn new things and deal with new situations.

We like being comfortable and dealing with the familiar. But comfortable and familiar doesn’t always mean your where God wants you to be.

Sometimes He calls you away from the job you’ve always known and the identity you have got from it.

Sometimes He calls you out from behind the desk you have always sat at and challenges you to use gifts you didn’t know you had.

Sometimes, He answer prayer in ways you never expect and walks with you through things you could not have anticipated.

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, (‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭27‬ NIV)

Your job isn’t to create a new job, or develop a new coping mechanism or try to forge a new identity.

Your job is to follow Jesus right out of your comfort zone and allow Him to forge you into the person He created you to be.

What comfort zone is God calling you out of?

Planted and Prosperous

Do you want to be planted and prosperous?

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. (‭Psalm‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ NIV)

You don’t have to worry about the season you are in or if your are bearing the right fruit.

Focus on being planted by streams of living water and you will automatically bear the fruit you need to, when you are supposed to.

A tree doesn’t focus on bearing fruit, it focuses it’s energy on finding water. If it is well supplied, it will flourish. When it is flourishing, it automatically bears fruit.

Focus on sending your roots deep in the truth, in Jesus, in His Word, His promises, His character, His love.

Find your identity in His love and your security in guidance.

Flourish in His Grace.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

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Be planted and you will be prosperous.

Perspective

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Every day you get to chose which life you are going to live in: an old life of self centered obsession or a new life of love in Christ. Both are readily available to you every day. Both are initiated by focus.

What you focus on determines your perspective.

When you focus on what you need , what you deserve, what you should have, a self centered perspective dictates how you see your world and how it fails to meet your needs.

When you focus on Christ first, His grace, His gifts, His love, your perspective shifts to see the world around more clearly. You begin to see what others need, who needs grace and who needs support.

When you look to God to get what you need instead of expecting others to fill them, you are free. Free to grow, free to give, free to pursue your purpose instead of chasing after the empty pursuit of getting acceptance.

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.

Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12-14‬ MSG)

You have been chosen by God to live a life of freedom and purpose. Choose to walk in it by putting on what God has already given you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength and discipline.