Living Abundantly

By Rev. Christopher Jackson

Your life can be positively transformed! Today can be the day in which God's plan for your life begins expressing itself in ways greater than anything you can imagine. You can become more fully aware of the incredible kingdom of God within and around you.

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10). To accept Jesus’ invitation to a fuller life, we must be willing to move beyond a routine, fearful, or limited existence and live the dynamic, abundant life. We live the abundant life by daring to discover more of our spiritual identity and potential.

To live the abundant life, we must stop taking each day for granted. In each moment of every God-given day, we are surrounded by sparkling treasures, divine gifts, and remarkable opportunities. Witnessing a sunrise, following the flight of a soaring bird, or observing the reflection of trees and clouds and sunshine in a clear pond are each simple causes for thanksgiving, if we will but take the time to appreciate them.

Living the abundant life begins not by changing or rearranging people and things around us, but by gently and quietly opening our eyes to the miracle of the moment and to God. When we do this, an inner spiritual awakening takes place that alters our perception. We see with new eyes.

Do you wish to live the abundant life? See life in a new way, and praise and give thanks for even the smallest blessings in your life. Let go of past regrets and the chains of challenge that have bound you. Anything you have given your attention to becomes a thing of the past the moment you release it.

God has provided abundantly for you so that you can live life fully right here and now! Turn to God within, and follow the dreams and desires that God has stored within your heart.

And what are your dreams and desires? Invest some life-changing moments in prayer, and contemplate this important question. Call upon the wisdom of the Christ within you to reveal the divine purpose for your life, and know that new doors are opening for the expression of that purpose. Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you" (Mt. 7:7). During your times of prayer, know that the divine purpose of your life and the dreams and desires of your heart are being expressed in wonderful ways.

What is valuable and meaningful to you? What do you treasure? Perhaps it is the people that you love, excellent health, greater spiritual understanding, or the ability to live independently and productively. What are your expectations of life? Take some time to write these things down and, as you go about the business of living, pause for a moment now and then to ask yourself if the activity in your life is consistent with what is really important to you.

If a deepening relationship with God is important to you, arrange a daily time for prayer and for study of Scripture or other valuable material that will enhance your spiritual growth.

If you value good health, practice the good nutrition and exercise that enable your body to serve you. Several times a day, bless and thank your body for the wonderful work it does.

For most of us, happy and harmonious relationships are important. Perhaps you would benefit by scheduling more time for friends or family or working to better express in word and deed the love that you feel for the people close to you.

The life that God has given you is a precious gift. You can allow the message of Jesus to free you to live the hopes and dreams of your heart. You can experience healing and be transformed with a joyous enthusiasm that gives you new strength and vision and enables you to live the abundant life. You can acquire a deeper understanding of Jesus’ promise, “Very truly, I tell you the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these” (Jn. 14:12).

As you begin to work with these ideas for abundant living, changes will appear. Your days will begin to seem fuller, happier, and more productive. You will notice more harmony in your relationships with loved ones and friends. Prosperity will bless your life, and you will start to feel healthier and take on a new zest for life.

Let God help you. Behold the beauty of each moment with an awareness of God. As you pray for guidance and direction, God's dream in your heart will become real. You are moving forward into a new life in which your daily activities support your highest vision and dreams.

You are lifted out of old ways of thinking and being. Each moment of your life is taking on new meaning. Praise God for abundant living!

Rev. Christopher Jackson is the senior minister at Unity on the Bay in Miami, Florida. Jackson is also the former vice president of Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village.