The Abounding Life
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
To abound in something means to have an overflow of it. The best way I can describe this word is to go back to the days when I worked at UPS. When I was first hired on, my job was to load trailers. Most of the time, the boxes on the belt would come at a steady pace, but every once in awhile the belt that brought the boxes to my trailer was packed with boxes and it would keep on coming. You could say that the belt that carried the boxes to me abounded with packages. God desire this type of overflow, or abounding, from the believer of certain characteristics. Let me share with you five areas where the believer should abound.
First, the believer should abound in hope. The believer should always be a person who believes that good can come. You should have such an overflow of hope that you never come to the point where you don’t believe good is going to come. In a world of negativity, the believer can be a light of hope if they will abound in hope.
Second, the believer should abound in grace. Romans 5:20 talks about where “sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Always believe that the fallen can be restored. You should have such an overflow of grace that no matter how often a person fails, you are gracious enough to pick them back up to help them.
Third, the believer should abound in faith. 2 Corinthians 8:7 says, “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith…” Your faith should never waver. You should always have an overflow of faith that doubt never has a place to take hold. The believer who abounds in faith is the believer who will see God do great works through them.
Fourth, the believer should abound in love. Philippians 1:9, Paul prayed that the believer’s love should “abound yet more and more.” The believer should never be deficient of love. There is nothing that represents Christ more in the life of the believer than to abound in love. The whole reason Christ came to die was because of His love for mankind. The greatest picture the believer can give of Christ to the world is to abound in love towards others.
Fifth, the believer should abound in blessings. Proverbs 28:20 says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…” In other words, your life should be a constant blessing to others. The man who is faithful in serving the LORD will constantly be a blessing to those who have invested in them, and to those to whom you minister and help.
However, two things I want you to notice about abounding that is important. First, God didn’t want you to abound in these things for yourself, but He wants you to abound in these things for others. In other words, the purpose of abounding in these things is to be a help to others. God can’t help you to abound in these areas unless you are giving these things to others.
Second, you cannot about in these things without the power of the Holy Ghost. Only through the power of the Holy Ghost can the believer see these things flow through them to others. My friend, are you abounding in these things? My hope is that this devotional would provoke you to live the abounding Christian life.