Do you ever find yourself thinking ‘There has to be more to life than this!’ Life can be full of surprises, some good and some not so good. In the in-between places of our life, the purpose of our existence becomes a focus. During those times it is most apparent when we are not fully enjoying the life God desires for us.
Here at I Choose My Best Life, we are all about seeing you living a life you enjoy. Not 5 years from now, but right now. Today. In this moment. I’m excited to share a special series with you for the next two weeks from Eric L. Zielinski. Eric shares 7 keys to living the abundant life discussed in John 10:10. Regardless of what the thief may have stolen or destroyed in your past, there is an abundant life available for you to experience. ~Saundra
In this day of atheism and agnosticism, where being true to whatever brings personal joy is someone’s moral compass, spiritual abundance is rarely found among people. Too often, people give their lives away in the pursuit of happiness and chase after pleasures that only satisfy temporarily. Sadly, many people gloss over the fact that they are spiritual beings made in the image and likeness of God and never tap into their true potential as God’s children.
Fulfilling your purpose in life – experiencing spiritual abundance – is found in realizing that you are a spiritual being, made in the image and likeness of your Creator. In His design, it is only through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that someone can truly tap into the spiritual abundance that is our portion in life. When we become Born-Again, as it is referred to in Scripture, we are saved from the pit of personal despondency, depression, hopeless, and eternal separation from our Creator.
As we read of God walking in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve during the cool of the day, we see that the original design for people was centered on the reality that our Creator desires to have a personal relationship with His creation. We are made to know God, to be with Him, and have a living fellowship with Him. Spiritual abundance, therefore, is simply walking out God’s will in our lives and experiencing the fulfillment of living out our destiny.
Common roadblocks to spiritual abundance and how to overcome them
Many people struggle, however, in their search for spiritual abundance. The reasons for this vary, but many commonalities are apparent.
- People lose sight that they serve a living God is who active in all of our lives. Jesus tells us to “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (1) This not only implies, but also commands that as we continually seek God in every aspect of our lives we will be fulfilled and satisfied.
- People who get lazy or misguided do not work at their faith and their walk with God weakens like muscles atrophy without use. James offers some key advise on how to keep our faith alive with some action-steps we all should be engaged in. “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (2) In other words, keep on doing good to those less fortunate, watch out that you don’t let your tongue run rampant so it doesn’t hurt yourself or others, and stay away from guilty pleasures that the world offers. They only result in dissatisfaction and depression anyway.
- Pride also prevents people from seeking God’s direction and help in their lives. The remedy? Simple, really. First of all, “humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. “ (3) Then, “draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (4) Remember, our Lord is only a cry’s distance away and is always orchestrating our circumstances for our eternal good. He refuses to bow down to us or follow our lead, however. And why should He? Does the pot tell the potter how to form it? Nope. And neither should we.
Be sure to join a join a local fellowship that has small groups that meet at homes or some other friendly setting. This will help build relationships to keep you from losing focus as you encourage and hold each other accountable to settle for nothing less than God’s perfect will for your lives. Press in and keep your eyes focused on the prize. True satisfaction – spiritual abundance – is certainly to follow!
- Matthew 7:7
- James 1:26-27
- James 4:10
- James 4:8
Health coach, life coach, author and speaker, Eric L. Zielinski is a Chiropractor who continues to seek out ways to influence the world toward achieving the Abundant Life. Eric’s work can be seen in a wide variety of venues including Christian, health/wellness, and academic peer-reviewed literature. Eric lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Sabrina and three children.