Beautiful Easter has come and gone. The Resurrection Sunday celebration is now a memory. There are a few lingering pieces of chocolate in the candy dish in my kitchen, but I’m sure they won’t be there much longer! And then what? Is that all? A special service or two, flowers galore, ham and sweet potatoes, beautifully colored eggs, and chocolate? Well, now what? Is Easter more than that? Does it have an effect for more than just one Sunday out of the year? I do hope it means more than all of that to you, and that you carry its hope with you in many areas of your life.
Jesus came to give you abundant life (John 10:10). “Abundant” means beyond what is anticipated, exceeding expectation, over and above, or more than is necessary. Here are three arenas where we can experience this more-than-enough life.
Mining for Treasure
How’s your time in the Word of God? Does it seem dry, dull, and boring, or do you frequently find new nuggets of wisdom and application? The first step is to go back and look at your expectations. What are you anticipating when you open your Bible? Do you ask God for fresh insight for where you are right now, or do you just kind of hope something jumps out at you?
Revelation 19:11-13 describes John’s vision of Jesus:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God” (NLT).
Whoa! Jesus Himself is the Word of God! Hebrews 4:12 also tells us, “For the Word of God is alive and powerful” (NLT). If your Bible time seems a bit on the dead side, the problem isn’t with what you’re reading, my friend! Ask God to resurrect your love for His Word, and then expect new life to abound in your interaction with it.
What about your prayer life? Do you expect answers from God with a faith that can move mountains, or are your prayers just rote requests hoping that perhaps God might hear you? Perhaps it’s time to remember what God has said.
- He hears you “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT).
- He is able “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 NLT), and “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me” (Jeremiah 32:27)? Jesus said, “Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23 NLT).
Are you struggling with trusting Him? Ask Jesus to resurrect your faith, and to make it more abundant than ever. Ask like the father in Mark 9, who said, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NLT)
Jesus wants you to have joy! “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11 NLT) Overflowing joy sounds like an abundance to me!
Is your joy lacking? I’m sure you’ve guessed it…you can ask Jesus to resurrect that, too! Psalm 51:12 says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you” (NLT). Growing in your relationship with God will produce joy as a natural by-product. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” (Galatians 5:22 NLT).
When joy is growing in your heart and life, you begin to see many blessings around you that you weren’t even aware of before! Those jewels of joy come in many shapes and sizes, and can often be quite surprising. Let His joy overtake you, and be amazed at what you discover!
Finding treasures in the Word of God, praying with bold faith, and discovering jewels of joy are only three of many areas that Jesus can breathe new life into. Ask Him for His resurrection power in every arena of your life...He came for you to live abundantly!