I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly – John 10:10b
Where do we get the idea that God desires for us to live on the cusp of not having enough and barely making it through? Is it from the word of God or is it from tradition? Unless specifically called to live otherwise (due to something specific and magnificent that God wants to achieve in and though us), the words of Jesus quoted above makes it safe to say that God wants us to live an abundant life.
As hard as it may be for some of you to believe, this was the plan from the very beginning when God made a picture perfect world for our ancestors (Adam and Eve) and made provision for them to live their lives to the fullest (see Genesis 1 and 2).
Unfortunately, our oldest ancestors decided to trade in their abundance for poverty – strange and foolish decision. Now lest we should follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, we need to understand the drivers that led to that crazy decision. Though there are significant spiritual nuggets that we can take away from the story of Adam and Eve’s crazy decision, there are 3 BIG practical lessons that we need to learn, that if we do not learn, will lead us to trade in the abundant life that God wants us to have for a life of poverty.
The first thing the enemy of abundant life (Satan) did was test what Eve knew about the principle of life in the garden. Specifically, he tested her knowledge of God’s word concerning a specific tree in the garden.
If she had not known God’s word, then he could have hoodwinked her right there. Thus we see that lack of knowledge will always rob us of abundant life.
Friends, we should make reading a habit. Once we know, it is nigh impossible to un-know. Moreover, the things that we know should help us make better decisions, combat falsehoods, and expand our horizon.
Food for Thought: Ignorance is not bliss but blitzes our lives and robs us of the abundant life that has been given to us.
Our top priority should be to feed our spirit (the bible) and then fill our minds with good and useful knowledge.
What Eve was doing hanging out with the devil, I will never know. Instead of excusing herself, she carried on a conversation with the creation that was jealous and envious of her position and only wanted her downfall.
The scripture reminds us that bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). The opposite is also true – good company enhances and encourages good character.
The people we keep around us are influencers. If we want to know where we will be in the next few years, all we need do is take a look at a deep look at the totality of the lives of our influencers.
The people we keep around us will rob off on us and ultimately change our character.
Food for Thought: The best move we can make is decide to keep company with the Holy Spirit (for He is our standard) and keep company with people that reflect the character of Jesus (for they are our examples).
The goal of Adam and Eve should have been to get close to the tree of life and munch its life giving fruit the moment they knew of its existence. But no! They did not have the goal of making their lives even better by eating of the fruit of the tree of life.
It was the lack of having a grander vision for their lives that made them susceptible to banter about the tree of the knowledge of evil.
The same is true for us as well. Here is how it works: If you have a goal of attending Harvard, you have no time to entertain thoughts of hanging around the corner wasting time. If your goal is to save $10,000 per year, you will not entertain buying a fancy race car. Why? It is because it does not line up with your goals.
In order words, purpose is what streamlines our lives and keep us focused.
But what if you do not have goals? What if your goals are not big enough? Then you will entertain all sorts of crazy thoughts and find yourself in places you should not be in life.
We should set goals that make something of us to achieve them.
Food for Thought: The best goals are God-sized. That means that nothing other than divine intervention will help us achieve them. These God-sized goals help us keep our eyes on God and keep out feet on the right path.