What Does It Mean to Live an Abundant Life in Christ and Follow God’s Best?
2020 has left us forever changed as a world and society. There’s been upheaval and unrest around every turn and bend. This uncharted territory has revealed a longing for more inside us and left us craving true soul satisfaction. And this new season has left many wondering what it means to live an abundant life and how to live with purpose. Yet the answer may not be what they think.
While the world whispers lies of striving, success, and self worth, the Gospel reveals a path of hope and promise that’s not reliant on our own striving.
Through faith and hope in Jesus, we are promised an abundant life in Him alone. This life of abundance is an invitation to let go of the ways of the world and step into a place of true soul satisfaction.
What does it mean to live an abundant life in Christ?
In the beginning, when God created the world and mankind, He gave us the gift of free will. He created us with the ability to choose sin or to follow Him with complete obedience.
However, when mankind chose disobedience, sin entered the world and as a people, we became chained to sin, failure, and death.
But that’s not the end of the story. Christ’s death at the cross offers grace and an abundant life for all who accept His free gift of salvation.
Jesus’ perfect sacrifice at the cross mends the broken relationship between God and man, and supplies believers with God’s perfect peace here on earth.
Romans 5 reminds us that in Christ, we are free from the shackles of this world:
“We have been justified through faith- made clean because of salvation and God’s gift of grace and redemption.”
Through that justification we:
- Are fully loved by God, even in the mess of our sin
- Rejoice that Jesus gave His perfection for our imperfection
- Are given eternal life through Jesus
- Can cling to the hope of God in times of happiness or sorrow
- Have peace in Jesus no matter what we face
- Can bear fruit in suffering and seasons of hardship
- Have abundant life in Christ, even when we’re pressed in on all sides
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that a personal relationship with Him is the key to living an abundant life here on earth. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
While the Bible clearly states that our life will not be devoid of heartache or struggle as a child of God, when we lean into His steadfast character and rock-solid strength, we can live abundantly, even when life is filled with heartache.
As Christian women, we can take intentional steps to living in God’s abundance and following God’s best for our life.
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4 Keys to Living an Abundant Life in Christ
Key #1: Faith and reliance on God
As a weary soul who’s looking for hope and longing for joy, there’s only one place you’ll find it. True soul satisfaction is found at the foot of the cross and through a personal relationship with Jesus.
But knowing and accepting the free gift of grace at the cross is just the beginning.
God wants us to live an abundant life here on Earth and to make Him the cornerstone of every area our life.
When God becomes our cornerstone, we experience:
- Hope in the storm
- Peace in chaos
- Joy in suffering
- Strength in hardship
THIS is living in abundance! The more that our faith grows and we press into God in all circumstances, the more we experience the abundant life God has for us.
Knowing God’s character and clinging to His promises helps us battle spiritual warfare and keeps our eyes focused on His truth. Then, when we’re surrounded by trouble, we can recognize God’s truth from the lies of the enemy and hold this world with loose and open hands.
We won’t search for hope or fulfillment here on Earth. For when we remember that our eternal abundance is beyond our wildest imagination, we tread lightly in this world knowing it’s not our home and our heart isn’t meant to be complete here.
Key #2: Understanding Your Identity in Christ
After one accepts Jesus’ free gift of grace at the cross, we emerge changed and transformed. We are no longer the same and every single mistake and misstep has been washed clean. (PRAISE THE LORD FOR GRACE!!)
But often shame, guilt, and regret hold us back from living our true identity in Christ.
When we remember that God’s grace has made us new and we’re no longer a slave to sin, we are ready to fully embrace the abundant life God has for us.
In Christ we are:
- Free from shame, guilt, and failure
- Made whole and complete, despite our own shortcomings
- Ready to follow God’s plan for our life, not our own
And as a daughter of the King, you have a special role and purpose in the Kingdom of God. In fact, God has blessed you with talents and abilities to use for His glory.
When you understand that He’s called you and set you free on purpose, you’re able to live in God’s abundance and long to live for His glory.
Key #3: Managing Your Life and Resources for the Glory of God
While living an abundant life in Christ does not rely on your actions or call you to achieve anything, God does call us to steward our life well. Once you know the freedom and hope of God, you’ll seek to honor Him in all areas of your life.
As a busy woman, life can fill up quickly and if you’re not careful, overwhelm can set in. That’s why it’s important to honor God with your time and manage your home and life for His glory.
Therefore, by being intentional with your minutes and making the most of your resources, you can make room for what matters most.
Learning to plan your days and organize your life well can help you live an abundant life because you will have time and energy to:
- Be still before the Lord
- Intentionally disciple your family
- Raise your children to love the Lord
- Minister to others
- Open your home for hospitality
- Reach out to others and build relationship for the glory of God
Please understand, though, that nothing about being organized or stewarding your life well is required by God for salvation or as a way to work your way into heaven. The more you understand God’s grace and how He’s set you free, the more you long to make your minutes matter and live with intention.
Key #4: Live faith in action
A life transformed by God’s grace wants to share the message of hope with everyone! Once you experience the hope and abundance of God, you simply can’t keep quiet.
You’ll want to radiate God’s love and truth to those around you.
As a result, you’ll look for ways to:
- Share the Gospel (even if your knees are knocking!)
- Offer biblical wisdom to those in need of wise counsel
- Tangibly find ways to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus
- Shine the hope of Jesus to a lost and darkened world
Are you ready to walk in God’s abundance?
Together, let’s journey towards God’s freedom and learn to live in His abundance. May we step into God’s purpose and plan for our lives and move past our shortcomings with God’s help.
Join us for a special series, An Abundant Life in Christ. Each week we’ll unpack biblical truths and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God in everyday life.
This series includes these titles below, so stay tuned each week to learn practical ways to live in abundance in your own life.
5 Ways Spiritual Warfare Keeps You Stuck and Robs You of an Abundant Life
11 Christian Affirmations to Break Free from Shame, Guilt, and Failure
7 Practical Ways to Embrace Your Identity in Christ and Live in Abundance
How to Set Goals That Help You Live Your Identity in Christ
5 Daily Routines That Help You Live An Abundant Life in Christ
7 Simple Ways to Live Faith in Action
25 Practical Ways to Meditate on God’s Word Throughout the Da?