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Written by Tia Glenn-Cooke

Inviting the Holy Spirit in and fully surrendering to Christ is the way to live abundantly in the promise of eternal life.

What if you allowed this prayer — this call to abundant life —  to transform the journey you are on?

Dear Jesus, I want you in the center of my life and I commit, through your power, to serve and obey you: any time, any where, at any cost, to do anything. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. Thank You for this gift. Amen.

 

When you scroll through your social media feeds, what do you see?

We love to ‘like’ photos of sleeping babies, mouthwatering meals, and smiling couples.

We don’t see pictures of those same babies screaming at two in the morning, Mama bargaining for sleep. We don’t see too many people captioning photos of the dishes left in the sink after that delicious meal has been made. We definitely don’t see any 7-second videos of couples fighting, or cheating, or wondering whether they’ll be able to make rent this month.

Who wants to see that?

With everyone showcasing their highlight reels, it’s easy to focus on our own behind-the-scenes footage and compare. In an effort to make it look like we’ve got it all together, we push the mess out of the frame when we share our lives with others; we wipe away tears and reapply mascara before we smile for a selfie. We strive to at least look like the picture-perfect versions of ourselves so that when the world looks on, they see something worth their approval.

Sadly, as Christians we are often afraid to be anything less than that picture-perfect ideal. We don’t want non-Christians to think that it’s hard or painful to be a Christian! And we definitely don’t want other Christians to think that we’re not totally sold-out and on fire all the time. It’s not like the Apostles ever had a rough day…

Except that they did. Peter lost his temper and cut off a man’s ear. He also denied Jesus three separate times. Judas betrayed Him. Thomas had doubt. John fell asleep. The disciples on the road and the women at the tomb didn’t recognize Him. Paul actively persecuted Jesus’ followers and literally needed a smack to the head to see that Christ was the way to Truth. Jesus’ love for His disciples was stronger than any brokenness or mess in their lives. And before He ascended into Heaven, He gave them – and us – the greatest help for the journey. The Holy Spirit.

Jesus can see every part of your life, and not only that, but He wants to be a part of it. Let Him into the messiness, the dark places, the areas in which you fall short. You can do this by living in the power of the Holy Spirit; He called it “the Abundant Life” (John 10:10).

We have the blessed opportunity to live out the days we are given by participating in this abundant life. Despite the hard times, and sometimes even because of them, we can truly see the call we have been given and be challenged to live it well.

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