The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-John 10:10
Living a full life is an idea that everyone is trying to achieve. We may not all use the terminology that Christ used in the John’s Gospel, but we are still reaching for the goal of having every need met, our happiness achieved, and feeling inner peace. The reality is these goals are attainable; unfortunately not everyone is aiming to achieve them the same way. I will share 3 ways to living a full life and I hope that they can assist you on your journey in life.
1) In order to live a full life, we must know the One who gave us the life we have in the first place. Then, allow Him to fill us up. Christ spent time at a well and met the Samaritan woman that had several relationships. She was trying to achieve happiness by being with many different men. Christ introduced Himself as the one who could provide “living water” (John 4:10). He is the only one that can provide satisfaction and bring that joy you need. He is the reason we live.
2) In order to live a full life, we must allow the One who gave us life to direct our life. In life there are things we cannot control. We try so hard to handle details and hope God blesses them. He may or may not, but we must allow that to be the case. When we try to control too much we take away God’s role in our life. He is the One who will guide our steps and provide us with what we need. Allow the God of the full life to work in your life in order to fill you with His righteousness and give you what you need. “So do not worry…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt.6:32-33).
3) In order to live a full life, serve others. This goes against what culture tells us, but it is true. In order to live a life that is full we need to serve others with a whole heart sincerely loving and caring about who they are. When we serve others and love our neighbor we are doing exactly what God wanted us to do from the beginning. Christ came to serve, not to be served and he set the example for His followers. There is something inherent within that moves us to serve. There is something that moves in us and brings us joy when we engage in the act of serving and possibly fills us up enough to take away our negative outlook or feelings in our life. The Lord’s desire is for His people to love and serve one another; that is His will and His rewards will come to those who answer His call. (Ephesians 6:7-8)
Living the full life is easier when we rest in the One who came to give us a full life. Hopefully, these three thoughts can help move you to a closer relationship with Him and achieving what He came to bestow upon us.