I started doing a Bible lettering challenge on instagram earlier this month and whilst I haven’t been doing each day it has got me in the habit of illustrating verses every other day or so, which is so so good for sinking truth deep in my mind and soul. When I saw that one of the verses in the challenge was John 10 : 10 I remembered that I had prepared a page in my Bible about this life abundant for this passage but hadn’t painted it. So I both finished that off and lettered the verse alone too.
I’ve been learning and thinking a lot about these themes of abundant life over the past few years, from learning about thriving and growing personally through motherhood and everyday life.
There is a temptation to think that life can be an exercise in sacrifice, struggle or self-denial sometimes. I think that we see around us everywhere the struggle against evil things that happen, our own personal difficulties and the fact that the world is broken and not as it should be. Whilst this is all true- the greater truth remains that Jesus came, and he explained to his followers, his friends, that whilst the enemy (Satan) comes to destroy, he comes to give us real, full, abundant life.
Satan may have twisted and broken this world as we see it- Jesus came to fix all that, to redeem his creation to perfection. And whilst we are waiting for that day, we are able to experience abundant, full, true life with him in our day- to day. We get to have a relationship with the person who knows us best, loves us best, who gave everything up for us. We do not get to side – step pain or avoid hard things, but God is with us through them all, our rock and salvation, showing us the way to abundant and full life when things are joyful and when they are not.
This full, real, true life is available to us because we are free- we don’t have to be under things that bring us down. There will be things that scare and worry us- but we don’t live in the fear of other things any more. Fear of others’ opinions can be removed when we live confident in the knowledge that the one person who truly matters loves you unconditionally and made you to be who you are. Fear of money, or love of money doesn’t need to have a hold on our lives as we trust and surrender to the one who provides, the one who created the universe. Fear of death can’t hold us- we now have a hope beyond the grave, a hope in heaven for an eternity where things aren’t broken or twisted, life the way it was supposed to be. Fear of the unknown can be walked through with a hand in ours, travelling unknown paths with us and guiding the way with love and compassion.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that the Spirit gives us power, love and self-discipline in place of fear. God gives us his power, when his spirit lives in us and we truly know him and have relationship with Him. We can walk through life in confidence in who we are and who we are called to be, living it abundantly in his truth. Too often we get wrapped up in our own worlds and minds and forget the powerful truth of who is living life with us and what that means for us.
I’ll be continuing to post some verses on social media along with some thoughts so make sure you’re following over there! Perhaps one day they’ll turn into postcards or something- but for now just painting, meditating on and sharing them is such a great reminder of truth. If you don’t feel like you’re living in abundant life – know that Jesus is not a magic trick or a guarantee of happiness, but that a rich, full life is possible with Him. I have written a lot of this as a reminder to myself as it’s so easy to forget that we can live this way, in freedom and abundance, in love and grace. It’s a daily choice to put God first and to step into the goodness that he has prepared ahead of time.
If you’re feeling weary or trapped by something make sure you reach out to someone you trust who can help you find the way to live life fully, in freedom. And I’m always happy to talk 🙂