Life to the Full
Monday, October 26, 2009

 

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) 

                One of my best friends is a man who is not only a devout Christian, a pillar of godly strength, and a faithful family man; this guy likes to have fun.  He is a pure delight to be around.  I can truthfully say that when we are together, I laugh more and enjoy life more than any other time.  He is a hoot – and yet he has all the attributes of what we call a disciple.  When we used to play golf together the fun was in the fellowship, the gamesmanship, and the laughter.  He encouraged me when I was not hitting the ball well and tickled my ribs when I was.  A critical putt on the last hole of the season would have tied us for the entire year’s outings.  It was a short put, about 4 feet, and fairly level.  But have you ever tried to sink a putt while laughing so hard that your side hurts.  You guessed it.  I missed and he had the bragging rights for an entire winter.

               

                One thing that my relationship with this man demonstrates to me is that there is no fun more fun than fun with fellow Christians.  It is clean, energizing, and leaves you fulfilled.  And it seems to me that this has become an anomaly of the Christian life.  We get so caught up in our causes and enterprises, we even sometimes wonder if it is okay for Christians to have honest to goodness fun.  But I believe that there is a passion for life that can come from true Christianity that can be found nowhere else in life – because God came to give us life to the full.

 

                We somehow have lost the reality that Christ came to save us fully and completely.  Yes, He saved our soul for eternal life with Him, but if we live only for the next life, we ignore the precious salvation He gave us for this life.  When we cannot rejoice in the present, we have lost a piece of our salvation – a piece that we cannot get back.  The Kingdom of God is all about “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  You can be good, and still experience the ultimate joy.  And you can because God dwells in goodness and God is the source of our joy.  It is a great and wonderful gift so often ignored by Christians.

 

                Of course the trick lies in understanding the fun that is built on righteousness and loving relationships.  In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote, “Wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong way . . . Goodness is, so to speak, itself; badness is only spoiled goodness.”  You see, God created us with a desire for Him.  We can chase joy in power, riches, sex, or substances, but we will neither find joy or happiness.  But when we pursue God, the natural outflow of that pursuit is joy.  “Delight in Me, and I will give you the desires of your hearts.” (Ps. 37:4)  Here is how that works.

 

                When you seek God, you will find yourself among God seekers.  God seekers are bound by a common goal and that goal is based on righteousness, peace, and joy.  They are people whose desires have changed from passions of the flesh to passions of relationships, life to the full, and fulfilling the purposes for which God created us.  And when you have Christian mates and friends, the natural outcome of your daily activities is real life, fun life, and a joyful life.  When Jesus said, “I came to give life and give it to the full,” He was not referring to earthly wealth, momentary relaxation of pressure, or artificially induced highs.  He was referring to real life that can only come when we live in the daily presence of God.


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