If we are not careful, this world will have us to believe that our life is measured by the things we have. And to some degree, we all feed into that wrong message. For many special occasions–Christmas, weddings, graduation, birthdays, etc.–we celebrate by buying and giving things to others. This is not bad in and of itself. We just have to keep things in proper perspective.
Jesus said, “A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses” (Luke 12:15). His words go against the grain of modern day thinking. Consider famous athletes and movie stars and their lifestyle and the cars they drive and the houses they live in. We tend to say, based on those things, that they are living the life. But Jesus says, no, these are not the metrics for life.
Our concept of life is important because it determines how we live our life. It goes without saying that if our concept of life is wrong, the way we live our life will be wrong as well.
For instance, some people believe that there is no such place as heaven or hell. They believe all roads in life lead to the grave. That is, we all live, we die, and we are buried, end of story. Accordingly, those who believe this way live like there is no God, heaven, or hell. They are hard to reach for Christ. They see no significance in making peace with God.
So many people today view life as a measure of material possessions and worldly success. To these ends, they will give their heart and soul. But Jesus says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Based on these words, apart from Christ, one does not have life. And by life I mean true life. This life can come only through a personal relationship with Christ.
A person may have excellent physical life when measured by his state of being. He can have superb quality of life when measured by his material wealth and earthly success. But the essence of true life can only come through Christ. Without it, one is yet dead though he “lives”!
Not only did Jesus say that He came that we might have true life, but also that we might have it more abundantly. The enemy and the world would have us to believe that Christ came to take the fun and joy out of living. That’s actually why some unbelievers won’t come to Christ. They regard Christianity as a religion of endless do’s and don’ts. I am sure that most, if not all, of us were so deceived in the past. But the truth is that Christ came that we might have life more abundantly on all levels. Thank God for Jesus!
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