Everyone who has made Jesus Christ his or her Savior needs to understand that our ultimate fulfillment and eternal meaning is found in the pursuit of knowing Him alone.
If we are ever going to have the courage to go public with Jesus, we need to go deep with Him personally.
Jesus promised each of us a more abundant life. Those were not just fancy words. They came from the heart of our Savior. Our Father knew that we needed to be new creations and have new life no matter how well we thought we could keep the commandments of His law.
Jesus was the only One qualified to execute the plan that would make it possible for us to be reconciled to the Holy One of all the Earth. So when Jesus said, "'I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10, NKJV),'" it was not meant to be an option for meaning and purpose in life but life itself—the life God wants for you.
When Jesus asks us as Christians to lose our lives for His name’s sake and the sake of the gospel, it’s not to make our lives difficult. It’s to give us life and life more abundantly.
This is why, as a Christian, our destiny is bound up in Jesus Christ. Our Father knows that what we choose to believe about Jesus has everything to do with knowing and experiencing God’s love. And Christ’s full possession of our hearts is our greatest joy in life. It’s all about following Jesus and nothing else.
The more I have Jesus plus me in whatever fashion I think will make me happy, I will limit the power of Jesus to give me life more abundantly to that degree.
Most of us have Jesus plus something when we start out, but spiritual growth is gaining more of Jesus’ ways and truth and giving up our ways and our selfish agendas.
None of us has it all together in our walk with God. Our growth with Christ Jesus is constantly growing—helping us discover new reasons that we need to trust Him in new areas of our lives.
What a Savior! Destiny is determined by the quality of our relationship with Jesus and what we believe about His love, His plan, His power, and His person in us.
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.