that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

There are three questions I want to deal with this morning: What is abundant life? What keeps you from experiencing it? And then lastly, What can you do to enjoy abundant living? The invitation today is going to be to move away from the religious spirit that has blinded so many of God’s people and has kept them, and perhaps even you in bondage. God wants you to experience more than that, so let’s begin by asking,

What is abundant life?

In order to understand abundant life, you need to begin with life. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life…” implying that the present condition was death. The Scriptures explicitly teach that outside of Jesus Christ we are spiritually dead. I want you to read with me Ephesians 2:1-5. It says,

“And you hath he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for this great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace are ye saved.”

Who made you alive? Jesus! But he’s not talking about living and breathing and eating and working. He’s not talking about physical life – you were dead alright, but you were dead in your sins: all of us! We’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 5:12 says that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23 tells us. There are plenty of ways you can think about what I’m talking about here. Lost or saved. Blind or not? Before Christ we are in the dark, but in Him we are in the light. The point is that if you want to experience any life at all, it has to come through Jesus Christ. John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…” The illustration Jesus used in the first several verses is that of a sheepfold, or a courtyard where a flock of sheep were brought in for the night. There was one door, or one gate into the yard, and the rest was surrounded by a wall of hedges or stone. Listen to me: Jesus Christ is that door. There’s only one way in. “No man comes unto the Father but by me” He said.

Abundant life begins with life period. You can fill your homes and your bank accounts and your garages all you want. You can life a great life and have plenty of friends, but I want to tell you that until you come to the place in your life where you repent of your sins and trust Christ to save you, you are dead in your sins and nothing you can do will change it. Nothing you can do will