God has given us a promise for Sam and his life. The first part of that promise is John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
His words to us were 'Sam will live and have life in abundance. He will tell the nations about my healing power.'
In the last few days I have been prompted to study these words more closely and God has been speaking to me about what it means to have life in abundance. The rich vibrancy of the original Greek language brings a whole new understanding of the words, and clarifies God's promise to us.
I came that they may have life (egw hlqon ina zwhn ecwsin).
Imagine a thread that is woven throughout the fabric of time, one that has no beginning and no end. The thread has always been and always will be. For a time we were/are separated from the thread of life because we have changed colour and have chosen to move in a different direction. Sadly our thread will end while the thread of life continues on. Then by grace alone we are invited back to the the thread of life, just when our end is in sight. We are invited to be grafted back into the thread of life, to continue to weave a picture that is wrought by the hand of the Creator himself.
'ecwsin' is a present and active word, speaking of the life that Jesus gives. It is not that Jesus came to give life for a season, He came to bring life that is eternal and perpetual, it will never end. This passage not only brought hope to those whom heard the words with their own ears, but to every other soul who will accept the words and receive them. How truly marvelous is the truth that is not bound by time.
And may have it abundantly (kai perisson ecwsin).
Water is a life giver. I love to bask in the water and feel it swirl and refresh my body and soul. I wonder if you have ever tried to hold water in your hands. To bring your hands up through the water and watch as it slips through your fingers. Our hands cannot possible contain all of the water that surrounds us.
This is the picture God gives me of the word 'persisson', which means to have surplus and overflow. The word that follows is 'ecwsin' which reminds us again that the overflow is continual and will never end.
Life that God pours out into us cannot be contained in our hands but is held in our spirits and overflows to impact and touch the people around us. God has told us that he has hidden eternity in the Human heart.
...He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end (Ecc 3:11). This eternity is found in knowing Jesus and the more we know Him, the more abundant that life is.
I watch my son Sam, and I see God's word fulfilled in his life and ours as well. It is my hearts desire that we would continue to live in the promise that God has given us.
God spoke to me of this abundance of life when Sam was in ICU with his chest still open, I could clearly see his heart beat. He reminded me that he chose to use the Doctors hands to work on his heart, but it was his spark of life that sustained Sam's heart and makes it beat. It is his breath of life that ensures that Sam's days will go on, and it is His son Jesus that guarantees that our lives are eternal and full of abundance.
God continues to speak to me almost daily of his abundance. To be overflowing with life we must spend time dwelling with the Life Giver. There is no place that I would rather be.