Have you ever been in a tug of war? You know the game you play where you use a great big rope that fills your hands and is a challenge to grip. You are the person right up front, with a six-foot expanse of goo-ey, wet mud between you and the opponents on the other side. Losing means being dragged in. Wet, cold and dirty! Winning takes strength, determination and perseverance.
The second chapter of Boot Camp is about just such a tug of war! Losing is messy, cold and painful. Victory is sweet! Who is the Enemy teaches a foundation scripture. Yes, there is a tug of war. It takes place in our lives every day. Only in this tug of war we get to choose whose team we wish to be on.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~ John 10:10
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Who is speaking? Jesus. In the Amplified Bible it reads, “till it overflows.” Do you have an idea of what abundant life looks like? If you close your eyes and allow God and your God-given gift of imagination to day dream… what does an abundant life look like?
In my thinking true abundance is peace. It is an overwhelming sense of peace and joy; love for one another. Abundance includes the ability to work and prosper; relax and have recreation and fun; an end to strife in relationships; an end to the pain and struggles so many people go through physically, mentally and emotionally. My loved ones, friends, neighbors will come to know the Lord and walk in the mercy and grace of Jesus; assured of eternal life… that’s the ultimate abundant life. That’s what an abundant life looks like. That’s what Jesus comes to give us.
I have mentored people and when I ask them what an abundant life looks like they sit and hang their heads and look down at their feet and they don’t have any idea… My heart cries out to those that are so down trodden, so oppressed and depressed that they don’t know, can’t even imagine. We need to know that Jesus came to give us an abundant life. If you are able get a glimpse or a glimmer of Jesus abundant life, then… praise the Lord. We need to be able to do that.
That’s one side of the tug of war. Go to our resource page and read Who is the Enemy, the second chapter of Boot Camp to learn who is tugging the other side of the rope; what he does and how he does it as he tries to pull you through that mud puddle.
Father God I thank you for the great abundant life Jesus secured for us by His amazing love and sacrifice. He came to give us that life both now and for all eternity. Help me to understand what happens to bring destruction into my life instead of abundance. In the tug of war that goes on every day… thank you that in Christ I have victory.