I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
When coming up with a devotion – where do you go – why not to your favorite bible verse. This is my favorite for one word – abundantly! There is so much gospel in that one word. God’s gifts for us are not regular, or plain. God’s love for us is not ordinary. No – God’s love for us is abundant!
Jesus tells us the he came to this earth so that we may have life abundantly. He is referring not only to our earthy life but our extravagant gift of eternal life and in both God offers us life in abundance. When we believe and accept the gracious gift of eternal life – than earthly worries can fall away and we can live an abundant life every day! Our earthly life becomes abundant when we let go of everyday problems and experience life through the lens of LOVE – abundant love which comes only from God! When we feel God’s abundant love in our lives, than we are able to spread God’s abundant love to others!
All too often in this modern world we think that abundant stuff will make us happy but it really just makes us want more stuff. God’s abundant love fills us in a sustaining way that no ipad ever could. God’s abundant love never runs low on batteries, it never smashes when it hits the ground, and most importantly, there is never a new version you will need to purchase. God’s abundant, constant, and unconditional love for you never ends, and never needs updating!
Pray with me:
God of abundance,
Help me to see your abundant love in nature,
in people, in my life.
I want to feel your unconditional love every day
and share that love with others.
Help me to experience
a life of abundant love today and everyday.
Rev. Bonnie Schelter-Brown
Pastor of St. James' Lutheran Church, New Dundee
Dean of the Kichener/Waterloo Conference
(Picture on top: Dylan Courville)