Wednesday, 26 June 2013
For the Christian whose attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ, what does abundant living look like?
It would appear there are two aspects to our living: physical and spiritual.
Most of us live cluttered lives with an abundance of stuff. Images of the Tv show 'Hoarders - Buried Alive' come to mind. While we would reject the idea of hoarding to such a degree, what else are we accumulating?
Recent articles in the Brisbane Sunday Mail were related to the idea if simple living. The article portrayed people who had removed or relinquished anything that did not sustain them on a basic level. People who chose public transport over owning cars or reduced the amount of clothing they owned. Even secular society is questioning its consumerism and acquisitiveness.
As Christians our abundant life is lived in the spiritual. We have access to the abundance of grace, peace and the promises of God through Jesus but from Philippians 2: 6-8, Jesus himself chose to make Himself nothing, to leave the abundance of heaven for the sake of the Cross and for our salvation.
No matter what our physical lives may be, abundant living is about living in connection with the Spirit of God and I suspect that the opposite of physical abundance is how we are to live our lives abundantly.