John 10:9-11 ~ The Amplified Bible

I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.


At first glance to most of us the word abundance brings to mind plenty of money, a desired home, a healthy body, a good family and daily happiness.  All of those things are certainly desirable and good.  Is that what the Holy Spirit meant when He inspired John to pen verse 10:10?   Could it be that He meant a whole lot more than that?  Could our amazing God have meant abundance which referred to deeper, eternal heart issues that bring life and joy to all those other areas whether they are in abundance or not?  Jesus came, He invited us to take on His life, to be “in Him”.  Those things that we used to be are to be let go of.  Instead of selfishness, He gave Himself as an offering.  Instead of anger, He shows mercy.  Instead of hate, He gives love.  Instead of reminding us of our failures, He gives forgiveness.  Instead of fear, He gives us peace.  Instead of sadness, He gives us joy!  Instead of death, He gives us eternal life!  All of this we have in Him ~ wherein lies true abundance!