Pastor Tim

A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10

Certainly, medical science is helping us live longer lives. We can add years to our lives, but we cannot add life to our years. Should our primary goal be to prolong our lives, or should it be to live life to its fullest?

In writing this article, I have freshly concluded a funeral service for Jamie Winter. Many would say Jamie’s 47 years of life was too short. I would agree. How about Nathan Westfield at 18 years old? That’s just too young. How about Jordyn Olsen at seven years old? That’s ridiculously too young.

We just cannot tell our life span at birth. For some it’s 100+ years. For others 90, 80, 70 and down the line. What is a full life?

Jim Elliot was fresh out of college when he felt the call of God to go to the mission field. Tragically, Jim and four other young missionaries lost their lives in the jungles of Ecuador in an attempt to reach others with the gospel. It might seem like a terrible waste of life for such a young man with so much promise. But after his death, this entry was found in one of his journals: “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”

Jesus was only about 33 years old when crucified. But consider how meaningful that 33-year-old life was to all of us. The three funerals I mentioned above have been incredibly large ones. Consider how many lives were touched in their way too shortened years. Life does not seem to be measured in length of years, but in its living of whatever years are given.

What about your life? Will your life be one of survival or will it be one of abundance? Jesus came that you may have life and have it in abundance.

Dear Lord Jesus, help me live life to the fullest. There are many things I may not be good at. There are many things I may not be able to do. But I can live for You. To You be the glory! Amen.
In abundance, Pastor Tim