In God's Glory

ABUNDANCE

Posted on: 21 January, 2014

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may HAVE IT more ABUNDANTLY. John 10:10

Who doesn’t want an abundant life? The thought conjures up days spent lounging and eating, not wanting for anything. Living life experiencing the very best that it has to offer.

Abundance means overflow – unable to contain any more. Yet if we seek the external fruit of abundance (money, houses, clothing, cars, travel) and have not the internal fruit of abundance (love, joy, peace, wisdom, patience, discipline, grace) there rests no infrastructure for the external fruit to remain, and as quickly as it comes, so does the thief come to steal, kill and destroy it.

Jesus came to give us life and fundamentally that looks like a relationship with God. Relationship with God is favour at it’s highest form. Favour in wisdom, blessing, direction (which path to take), patience etc. Some of the ‘internal fruit’ I mentioned earlier comes from the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and when you are led by the Spirit it develops these characteristics inside you. When they’re inside you they become foundations for the external fruit to rest on.

The external fruit of abundance will always be prone to theft and destruction. Left on its own it has no ability to reproduce itself.
The internal fruit of abundance (Fruit of the Spirit) has self-generating power. In Acts 1:8 Jesus says “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…”

The Greek word for “power” there is “dunamis”, which the English word for “dynamo” is derived from. A dynamo is a self-generating power. When the Spirit develops fruit in you it has the power to keep generating despite any external influence.

Today, don’t seek the external fruit but the internal fruit of the Spirit. It’s longer sustaining, self-generating and will always lead to a life more abundant than that of external abundance alone.

Have the best day ever, beloved

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