“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Living Abundantly in the Church
(Please read John 10:10)
Sometimes we may not think of our lives as “abundant,” but look at the benefits life in the church has for us.
We recognize that the church doesn’t specialize in material things or pleasures. It occupies a much higher position than that, and it is that higher plane that provides an abundant life for the Christian. This focus on spiritual things leads many nonbelievers to suppose that Christians live lives of boring inhibition, forbidden to do things that everybody else does and cringing fearfully before a stern God. They’re wrong.
We take pleasure in worship. In our singing we praise the Lord and speak about him and his abundant gifts to us. We pray together in praise, thanksgiving and supplication. We teach and learn the word, and regularly partake of the Lord’s Supper in memory of His death and resurrection.
In our worship Jesus Christ is the inspiration, the source, the only way to God (John 14:6). In our preaching and teaching he is the source and the authority. In our ministrations to others he is our example and our motive. Our lives are continually made richer as we draw closer to Him and live His life.
Why do we live this way? Because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing him and all he said, we love him and we have hope of eternal life with him. With faith, love and hope to sustain us, how could we keep from taking pleasure in serving him?
Thus we go happily along the journey of life, experiencing rewards here and laying up treasure in heaven. That’s abundant living.