Invitation to Abundance | Northlands Church

Invitation to Abundance

by: Jennifer Schmidt

The dream of God for each of us is to abound in grace and overflow in his abundance -- in all areas, in all circumstances, at all times.

...But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow! John 10:10 TPT

Jesus’s resurrection invites us into sonship as our identity, union with him as our positioning, and abundance as our destiny. These are not just promises we experience in the heavenly realm, but our realities while we walk this earth as followers of Jesus. It can be hard to expect that we will live in our destined abundance when lack and loss seem to constantly loom right around the corner. Hearing an invitation to living in abundance can sound like nails on a chalkboard when you are walking through tough times and trying simply to get by. But the truth of the Gospel is that abundance is our destiny; our union with Jesus produces fruitfulness in every season and circumstance. Our promised inheritance of abundance is not merely satiation of lack, but it is the “immeasurably more” Paul writes about in Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.”

In order to live in abundance, we need to know what it looks like. It’s hard to expect something you haven’t clearly defined. We know the enemy’s agenda to steal, kill, and destroy all too well. But do we fully embrace Christ’s agenda to give us everything in abundance? “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow” (John 10:10 TPT). Jesus came to bring us more than we expect—life in its fullness until we overflow. Now that’s abundance!

Abundance doesn’t only equate to financial riches. That is an immature and incomplete understanding in the natural of God’s supernatural promise. Yes, the Lord loves to favor and bless us materially, but he never promised we would all be millionaires. Rather, he promised that in Christ we will abound in fruitfulness in all seasons and circumstances. Abundance is so much more than material blessings. It looks like an overflow of the fruits of the Spirit, like peace, patience and kindness. It looks like an overflow of creativity and strategy, courage and confidence. It looks like abundant physical, emotional and mental health. For any area in which you can identify lack, God’s dream is abundance.

Satan has been on a mission to steal our inheritance - the riches of God’s grace, nature and resources which are available to ALL who believe. We aren’t slaves; we are sons and daughters with a right to our full inheritance, access of all of our heavenly Father’s riches. Some of us have signed for a package of meager living, agreeing that poverty and lack are our portion. That might include lack of health, self-esteem, resources, friends, peace in your home, or lack of passion as you strive for contentment in a less than fulfilling situation. Some of us have settled for poverty instead of abundance because we think that’s what we deserve, or maybe we think poverty is somehow more righteous in God’s eyes. Perhaps this is the first time you’ve learned about the overflowing life available in Jesus. Rest assured: the dream of God for each of us is to abound in grace which overflows in all areas, in all circumstances, at all times.

Webster defines abundance as “an extremely plentiful, over sufficient supply, overflowing fullness.” Abundance comes from a Latin word meaning a “wave that overflows.” Think of abundance as an infinity pool where the water continually pours over the edge. This is what the flow of God’s nature and his resources looks like - an infinity pool with a ceaseless supply of water filling us to the point of overflowing!

God wants to dislodge some lies we have carried far too long about lack, and replace them with the truth that Jesus died to give us life to the full. Far beyond just barely surviving, abundance is also beyond incremental growth and increase. It is the oversupply, the more-than-enough. When we accept Jesus’s invitation to sonship and find ourselves positioned in a life-union with him (John 15 TPT), we can and should expect abundance. In every season and circumstance, we are meant to abound in joy, peace, hope, creative solutions, and so much more. Our futures are laden with blessing, breakthrough and an oversupply of God’s nature, presence, and resources dispensed to us and through us. When we live in abundance, our oversupply creates blessing for all those around us. This is the beauty of abundance. It’s about so much more than just us!

Prayer

Lord thank you for the glorious inheritance you promised all who believe! Reveal today areas where we have expected lack for far too long and shift our expectations according to your word.  Let your name be made great through the abundant fruitfulness of our lives and let those around us be blessed by the oversupply!