“… who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” — 1 Peter 1:2
Grace and Peace in Abundance
I remember the first time I heard the word “abundant.” I assumed it meant large amounts of things, to overflow with stuff. I wasn’t far off. This word “abundant” in Greek is “perisson,” meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.”
In life, I think we are all striving to have an abundant earthly life. We want to be able to achieve a level that allows us to enjoy the world we live in and not have to worry whether we will have clothes to wear, or if we will have food on the table. Others look at abundant life as lavish homes, expensive cars, exotic vacations and more money than we know what to do with.
In reading the Bible, it talks about abundant life, but in a different way than most think.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Unlike a thief, Jesus does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get. He comes that people may have life in Him that is joyful, meaningful, purposeful and eternal. The moment we turn to Him and put our faith and trust in Him, we receive this abundant life.
It’s normal to crave material things. I know because I like things. I like getting a new phone, or a new car, or a new pair of sneakers. But that’s not abundant life. That’s temporary pleasure.
As believers in Christ, our perspective on life must be revolutionized. In Romans 12:2, it says to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We must renew our mind daily and focus on the eternal, not the temporal. Our understanding of “abundance” must be transformed into a greater purpose. A greater view on the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Having stuff is fine. But let us focus more on the eternal. Jesus came and died for you and for me. He came to give us life, everlasting life. Start seeking that abundant life today by putting your faith and trust in Him.
— Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum Podcast host
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