Life with Joy and Abundance
Jesus was accused of much, but of being a grump, sourpuss, or self-centered jerk? No. People didn’t groan when he appeared. They didn’t duck for cover when he entered the room. He called them by name. He listened to their stories. He answered their questions. He visited their sick relatives and helped their sick friends. He fished with fishermen and ate lunch with the little guy and spoke words of resounding affirmation. He went to enough parties that he was criticized for hanging out with rowdy people and questionable crowds.
People were drawn to Jesus. Thousands came to hear him. Hundreds chose to follow him. They shut down their businesses and walked away from careers to be with him. His purpose statement read: “I came to give life with joy and abundance” (John 10:10 The Voice). Jesus was happy and wants us to be the same.