Abundant Life

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“ Jesus came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) What difference does Jesus life make in your life? Do you want to have an “abundant life?” The core of Jesus’ desire for our life is that our dreams and visions might be centered in “abundant life” for ourselves and others.

Jesus’ teaching on “Abundant Life” has many dimensions and means by which we can receive it. One is to understand that we are followers, called to practice “FOLLOWERSHIP.” Followership is the role and identity of the sheep “The Good Shepherd’s (Jesus) voice calls out to (John 10:3.) All leaders have gaps, even Jesus who was without sin had crevices in leadership. There were always ways that people could point to Jesus and find fault with who he was not. Jesus wasn’t all things to all people. Followership is not an easy path. Those who practice followership are committed to trying to fill the holes that even the best leaders leave in their wake. The cardinal sin of poor leadership and followership is the exploitation of gaps in leadership. If you want to find abundant life, assist a leader in maneuvering the cracks in their leadership style.

Jesus was a “servant leader.” Servant Leaders are those who place others ahead of themselves. Gerald Brooks says, “When you become a leader you lose the right to think about yourself.”

“Abundant life” is lost when we lose the sacrificial nature of what Jesus stood for. The world is crying out for ”abundant life” and if the church will not lead in proclaiming how to get it, the very rocks will be used by God to scream the means by which to attain “abundant life.” Last week at University of Colorado’s (CU) graduation, Steve Ells, a CU graduate and Chipotle Chief Executive said,”This is my advice to you: Find out how you can serve others while doing what you love.” To receive abundant love means to know what you love, and who first loved you- Jesus the Christ! And then to serve others in the name of Jesus the Risen Christ. Many will love what they do, but if they do not serve others as they do it, they will not have abundant life.

May the Abundant Life be yours, this day and always.


David J. Jensen

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