Abundant Life in Christ
by Joanne Troppello
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
So, Sundays here at Pandora’s Box Gazette are reserved for devotionals or teachings on faith in God. Recently, I have started using the Nelson Study Bible for my morning devotional time. I read through a specific passage in the Bible. Right now, I am reading through Colossians. Then I read the notes from the commentary in that study Bible. I read some of the reference verses that relate to the passage as well. This deeper study has taken me on an even deeper journey with the Lord.
Not delving too much into teaching in the Bible for this column, I wanted to share some of my thoughts about this Bible verse.
When we actually hone in on each word in this scripture passage, it’s amazing how Jesus came so that can have life and have it more abundantly.
So, what is abundant life really?
It’s the zoe life that Jesus came to give to us. The word “zoe” originates in the Greek language and it means “life.” This beautiful gift of life comes directly from God. He breathed life into us. His Son gave His life for us. We have a richer spiritual life now because we are redeemed of God.
Who is Jesus, you ask?
He died to give us our salvation and eternal life. He is my Lord and Savior and the love of my life. He is the reason that I get up every morning to go about my day.
What is salvation?
Salvation is the free gift of living in eternity with God in Heaven—and this is eternal life. What could be more beautiful than our God in Heaven, who loved us so much but sin separated us from Him. You may not believe it, but God would have still sent His Son to die on the cross, even if you were the only person on Earth. God loves each and everyone of us that much.
My Salvation Journey
When I was fourteen years old, I answered the call of what is salvation and made the decision to accept the teaching in the Bible that Jesus wanted to give me zoe life—to be living the abundant life with Him while I was here on earth but then also someday in Heaven.
Now, I grew up in a Christian home and started going to church shortly after I was born when my mom would bring me to church. When I first heard the question, what is salvation, I had no answers to it, but learned from Sunday School teachers and from my mom. Even though I heard the teaching in the Bible, I needed to come to my own decision to accept the zoe life that Jesus was offering me—the same abundant life that He is offering to everyone…if we’d all just acknowledge our sins, ask forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into our hearts. John 3:16 does tell us the story of Jesus dying for our sins.
Another teaching in the Bible from Romans 8:28 tells us that 28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
There is such peace knowing that Jesus has this zoe life intended for us. Whether it’s raining in our lives, or it’s sunny…He has a plan (Jer. 29:11-14) and He works all things out for our good.
What is abundant life? That is abundant life—living each day, knowing that I am saved by God’s grace and living out the plan which He has forged for my life. His plan is one to prosper us and not to harm us…to give us a future and a hope.
Now, believe me, I know that life is not all sunshine and rainbows. I have had my share of hard times and long years in a desert like experience where you are living one day at a time, wondering if God is even hearing your prayers. I know what it’s like to pray the same prayer for 15 years with no answer. Well, at least not the yes answer that I wanted. So far, just the child, please wait on Me answer.
If you haven’t yet accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, I would encourage you to do so. It is the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life—even more important than deciding who you’re going to marry. Who is Jesus? He is the one who wants to give you zoe life. Won’t you accept His knocking on your heart today?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.