Life to the Full
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.John 10:10
What does it mean to have life to the full, or life abundant as stated in other translations? Can we have life to the full if only live to please the flesh? We are spiritual people, our spirit is our thoughts, personality, and our will; and the body without the spirit is dead. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:26) Since life is our spirit, how can we have life to the full if our spirit is not continuously content?
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. (Psalm 118:26) The Lord not only blesses us in our physical life, but life to the full happens when God’s blessings continuously fill our soul. When we serve the Lord being a light on a hill, we receive blessing from God that continuously feed our soul. We experience peace, joy, contentment, patience, or whatever we need to have life to the full.
If our spirit is not content in all circumstances, we will always be chasing the world for short-term pleasure. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6) Lasting contentment and peace only come from God as he feeds his blessing into our soul, when our soul remains connected to God, we always receive his blessings. People forget or they don’t know, that we are spiritual people living in a physical body, and we will never have life to the full unless the spiritual person is content.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, and that is the aim of Satan for all those that are governed by the flesh, and live only for fleshly desires. Satan plants lies in our minds; that the only way to be content is to please the flesh from things from the world. This is a lie from Satan that many people believe. The truth is, lasting contentment only comes from God.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11) The apostle Paul lived a very difficult life, but the Lord fed his soul with lasting contentment, and the more difficult his life became the more contentment God fed into his soul. And God will do the same for us.
Today seek contentment from God as you live serving Christ. The more we become a light on hill, bringing God’s truth to people, the more blessings God feeds into our soul.
Prayer: Guide me by the Spirit to be a light on a hill, and I pray for your blessings into my soul. In Jesus name, Amen