The Abundant Life

Hello Everyone!  As always I am grateful that you have taken time to check out this latest post, and that your life may be blessed through it.  All glory and honor goes to Jesus my Lord.  My prayer is that on this Memorial Day there isn’t an abundance of tears, but a reflection and celebration of the lives of the loved ones that have gone home ahead of us.  In this post we will find out what the “Abundant Life” is and how we can live it, but first I would like to pay tribute to those men and women who lost their lives for our freedom.

I always have to remember what Jesus did for me and for all of you.  He willfully went to the cross at Calvary and died a sinners death to atone for our sins. A simple “Thank You” isn’t enough.  Just like a simple “Thank You” isn’t enough for our service members, policemen, first responders, and others who paid the ultimate price for our protection and freedom.  I believe we can start by living a life worthy of the price that they paid.  Today I choose to live for Jesus and His will for my life.

Honoring Jesus in all that I think, say, and do is just a start.  This is harder than it looks.  The world around us is motivated by selfish desires.  Greed, envy, lust, and selfishness are just a few of the desires we all face daily.  To live the abundant life there is no room for these desires.  We are to be selfless in all we do putting others needs ahead of our own.  I believe that we must come to the realization that God really and truly loves you and me.  That He designed you for a purpose, and that you matter.  We must come to believe that all life is precious, fragile, and often times too short.

This life is more than deadlines, impossible schedules, chaos, and backbreaking work.  That is the result of man doing his will instead of God’s.  We can take the simplest thing their is and complicate it.  We can complicate our own lives so much that their is no room for God.  This is real dangerous territory.  We must keep our eyes set on Jesus!  If there is selfish desire that crops up I need to give it to God immediately, and turn my attention back to Jesus.  When I do this I can experience peace and serenity.  An everlasting peace that don’t fade.  The peace in knowing that Jesus will never leave or forsake you or me.  This is a promise from Jesus Himself!

Jesus came to serve and not to be served.  Why should we expect more?  One of the keys to abundant living is developing the servant heart.  Putting others before yourself.  This is easily done when we come to the realization that no one person is better than another.  We are all sinners and we have fallen short of the glory of God.  The playing field is leveled.  We are all equal in God’s eyes.  No matter where we live, our financial or social status, our employment no one is better than another.

Another key to experiencing the abundant life is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.  There is nothing that is more important than this act of faith.  True peace and serenity come from Jesus.  Jesus allows us to repent and turn from our sinful self.  He also forgives us from our sin.  We cant live the Abundant Life if we are in bondage to our sin.  Through Jesus’ work on the cross He made all this possible.  If you are truly thankful for what Jesus done for you I urge you to accept Jesus free gift of salvation.

Thank Jesus with your life.  Give glory and honor to Him through your actions and your words.  Love one another and be selfless.  Life is too short.  We are all going to die one day, and we will never know when that will be.  That is why it is so important to turn to Him, and to repent of our sin daily.  We are all sinners.  No one is righteous, not one!

We all have two known dates: The day that we are born and the day that we will die.  These dates are separated with a dash.  That dash represents our life.  Jesus paid the price for your life.  What do you want your dash to represent?  Will it be made up of selfish/immoral living, or will it be a life set aside to glorify Jesus?  The choice is yours.  My life this far is a combination of both.  Early on I was living for myself.  Jesus has delivered me from that old life, and now my old self has died as well.  I am born again!  I choose to live for Jesus today.

In closing, I also ask you to take a look at your life (a spiritual inventory) if you will.  Are there things blocking you from Jesus?  He is there waiting for you to come back to Him.  Are there things in your life that are more important than Jesus and His plan for your life?

The scripture that comes to mind is this:

(2 Chronicles 7:14) – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Remember we will all give an accounting to Jesus for every word and deed we have said or done for good or bad.  What would be the point of living a detestable and immoral lifestyle only to be thrown into Hell for eternity on Judgment Day.  Jesus gives us free will, but always remember there are consequences for our actions.  My prayer is that you would read the verse from 2 Chronicles, pray about it, ask God for forgiveness.  Reread it many times and memorize it.  Ask Jesus to point out things in your life that are displeasing to Him, and allow Him to heal you!  He loves you and so do I!!

Thank You once again for dropping by!!  My God Bless and Keep You!!——-Your Brother in Christ ———Matthew J. Leiker