Romans 6:23 (NKJV) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Have you ever come across a Christian that sounds like they gave up a glorious life of sin to succumb to the boring existence of servitude towards the Lord? You would think they were ripped away from the life they wanted and forced into a life of complacency. I know that is not the majority of us, but we have to make sure that it is not the vibe we give off. As we go through this life, we should be living in a way that makes them wonder what we got. Abundant Life John 10:10 promises… (10) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly… The Lord does not tell us that He has come that we would lead a boring life, He does not wish us to have an unfulfilled life, He has come that we may have an abundant life. Think about the life you once had, was the thief stealing, killing, and destroying you constantly? So you think you had this glorious life before Christ, but have you ever really reflected upon it? Take substance abuse for instance. Whether addicted to alcohol, drugs, or some other substance, the addict is a slave to that sin. The addiction steals normalcy from you. Eventually, the addiction starts to destroy vital organs. Finally, the addiction can and often times will kill you. Jesus, on the other hand, comes that you would experience an abundant life. The commandments the Lord puts in place are not there to limit your fun, they are there for your protection. I have never once read a commandment in the Bible that turned out to hurt me in the long-run. What does the world see when it looks at you? Fruit Of The Spirit Galatians 5:22–23 explains what the world should see in us… (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law… Our life should be full of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. While some look for these things in the bottle, some in money, others in power, they are all looking for these exact gifts, gifts that the Lord gives freely. If your life is filled to overflowing with joy, love, and peace in particular, people will take notice. For some, they have been looking for this their entire life. You got what they are seeking day and night, maybe you just haven't shown them yet. Closing Thoughts: If you were to really examine the “good ol’ days,” they probably are not quite as good as you remember. Headaches, cravings, financial drain, these are not exactly desirable. Instead of fixating on the things the Lord does not allow in our life, seek the abundant life He is waiting for you to take. Once you embrace what the Lord has for you, the world will certainly see what you got! Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.