The Gospel of John records that Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). In other words, Christ says that He wants us to have “life—in abundance.” He wants our tanks full of life, life, and more life spilling over us, through us, and out of us.
The Apostle John loved life. He used a form of the word life sixty-nine times in his gospel. He was not alone in this passion. Luke talked about life thirty-two times, Matthew twenty-nine times, and Mark thirteen times.
John, however, talked about life more than twice as much as any one of the other Gospel writers. Why was he obsessed with life? We know that he was one of Jesus’ closest friends—so close that while on the cross, Jesus entrusted John with the care of his mother.
I think John was obsessed with life lived in abundance because he walked with the very source of life for more than three years.
I read that every person over the age of thirty-three is obsessed with death. Death will inevitably arrive for each of us, but first we must live.
I want to be obsessed with life.
Jesus was and is obsessed with life. He didn’t come so that our lives would be busy. He came so that our lives would be full.
I want to have an abundant life—as Jesus defined it. And I want the same for you.
One of my favorite movies is Braveheart. It is the story of a Scottish rebel, William Wallace, who led an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks who wanted the crown of Scotland for himself. In the movie, after Wallace’s wife is killed he begins a long quest to make Scotland free once and for all. Near the end of the movie, Wallace is visited in his prison cell by the daughter of the king, who has grown to like him. He is to be executed and she enters his cell to beg him to confess and swear allegiance to the King of England. Wallace will not compromise; he will not surrender. The princess, knowing there is no hope for Wallace unless he confesses, says, “You will die! It will be awful!” To which Wallace replies, “All men die, but not all men truly live.”
That quote leaves me feeling both convicted and motivated. Conviction comes when we ask ourselves, Am I truly living? Motivation comes when we embrace the conviction our answer brings.
Are we truly living? We get up; brush our teeth; hug our kids; and go to work, school, or to the couch. We inhale and exhale shallow, safe breaths. We pay our bills. We confront a multitude of stimuli throughout the day. But is this living?
Are you really living?