Pastor's Corner

Every Child of God must take care not to become weary in well doing. When this happens, there is that tendency for a child of God to slip back into old habits and old ways. This happens when Christians fail to maintain and upgrade their spiritual lives. In order to cash in on the statement from our Savior, “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10), we must always be in the throws of seeking the next higher level of spirituality.

We all can be assured that the enemy of our souls stands ready to attack and defeat us when we are at a spiritual “stand still”, when we are weary , when we are worn, and when we are tired. Life’s repetitious grind leads us into a state of boredom if we do not spice up our lives with a healthy variety of different and new spiritual activities. No child of God should be walking around daily looking defeated and feeling defeated. This does not mean that a Christian will not have some bad days to deal with, yet under the “abundant life principle”, such days are short lived.

This is abundant life - happy, adventurous, exciting, pregnant with meaning at every turn. God does not say that it will be easy. God does not say that it will be free from either pain or problem. God does not say that it will never see the shadow of death. But God, through the crucified and risen Christ, does promise us that we can live in it and by it now and forever. And God, through the crucified and risen Christ, claims that this quality of life becomes the norm for each of us as a practicing Christians. And we will know at first hand that life is good and glorious and worth the struggle.

Abundant life also means that we must learn to die to ourselves and be reborn daily in order for us to predispose ourselves to our Savior’s promise of abundant living. Otherwise we will not be able to take advantage of his blessings. The following is the quality of life Jesus was born to bring to us: to live free and not be captured by sin, freedom from inward fears and paralyzing egotism, freedom to be our true selves in this topsy-turvy, confused world. God will build a new world in us through our glad, free will service to Him. Thus life takes on new possibilities, which apart from God, we will never see.

If we are tired, then it is a possibility that we have not allowed God to build in us a new world and not a world outside of us. Even the shadow of death is even transformed from fear into victory. Jesus will sustain us and those we love now and forever. This is abundant life.

Our lack of spiritual energy and boredom which leads to our spiritual tiredness may be due to the fact we have allowed ourselves to slip back into unthankfulness and even bad spiritual habits. The apostle, Peter, tells us, “For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning...For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them...But it has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the pig that was washed to her wallowing in the mud.” (2Pet 2:20-22).

In support of abundant living, the prophet, Isaiah, spoke to those, who had seen their life’s joy slowly drain away, while in Babylon’s captivity. This very same message is for those of us, who are wearied today, “Lift up your eyes to heaven, and behold Who has created all these stars; As a shepherd leads His sheep, calling each by its pet name, and counts them to see that none are strayed or lost... How can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and is not fair? Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now that the Everlasting God never grows faint or weary? He helps his children help themselves. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youth shall be exhausted. And the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isa 40:26-31).

The Psalmist also defines the abundant principle of living for the Christian, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God: But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow Him more closely...they are like trees along a river bank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper (Ps 1:1-3).”

In abundant living we learn to deal with our intimate and personal concerns successfully in our private lives. We receive the gift of freedom, His gift of a new point of view, His gift of a new understanding of ourselves in God’s scheme of things, a gift of a new tone to our relationship with other people, His gift of a new quality of activities - this is what we need. “Children of God, let us not become weary in well doing (Gal 6:9)”.