Abundant Life: The Key May Not be What You Think

The secret to an abundant life is found in the teaching of Jesus.  What’s ironic is His doctrine is so opposite from the philosophies of this world.

Jesus said:

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The world says:

Get everything you can for yourself.

Jesus said:

The greatest among you is the one who serves.

The world says:

It’s better to be served than be the one doing the serving.

Jesus said:

Turn the other cheek, love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, if a man takes your coat – give him your cloak also.

The world says:

Look out for number one.

What Jesus taught is counter to the self-centered, self-promoting culture of our day.  Jesus taught that the way to find an abundant life – a truly blessed life – was to lose your own life.  He was referring to a dying of self  or a death to living unto ourselves.

abundant lifeThere is perhaps no scripture that more plainly establishes this truth than John 12:24

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” 

What does that mean?  Our lives are like the kernel of wheat.  If we live unto ourselves we will abide alone.  If we live unto ourselves, our own lives are all we will ever have – we will never be greater than that.  But if we die to self,  lose our own lives, and surrender to Him, then He takes our lives and makes something remarkable of them.

Think about a seed.  If it doesn’t go into the ground and die, it abides alone – it remains just a seed.  But if it dies – if it goes into the ground and is planted – then it has a resurrection.  It springs forth as a plant.  It produces many, many, many times more fruit than if it remained a seed.

One kernel that isn’t planted = 1 kernal

One kernel that dies and is planted = 10s of 1000s of kernels

The world says live for self.  But the most satisfaction in life comes from giving your own life away.  John the Baptist said, “I must decrease and He must increase.”  This is the key to abundant life.  The most miserable people in the world are the ones who live unto themselves.  People who are self-centered and whose lives are all about themselves are just a single kernel of wheat.  But those who have died to self and have allowed Christ to plant their lives according to His will, are the people who bring forth abundant fruit.

True happiness and satisfaction in life comes from dying to self and living unto Christ: serving, giving, loving, ministering and pouring out into others.

~Matthew Ball