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John 10:1-10

More than Enough

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John 10:1-10

More than Enough

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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Today let’s talk about a word that may be new to you. The word is abundance. Abundance means you have a great quantity of something – you have more than enough – more than you need. Here are some examples:

Think about all the choices of food you find in a grocery store. There are more items on the shelves than we would ever need. Just looking at all the cereals that are available makes us realize we have an abundance of food in our grocery stores.

We can also see abundance in nature. In parts of the world where it snows, millions of snowflakes float down from the sky until snow piles up in drifts. A snow storm is made up of an abundance of snowflakes.

Think of the stars. When we look at the sky on a clear, moonless night we can see about three thousand stars. If we use a telescope we can see approximately one hundred thousand stars. No one knows for sure how many stars there are, but some astronomers say there are two hundred billion stars in the Milky Way alone. That’s abundance!

What comes to your mind when you think about abundance? Can you give examples? How about the many different kinds of birds in the sky or all the varieties of fish in the ocean?

Jesus talks about abundance. He said, “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (10:10). He speaks to all of mankind; he speaks to each one of us. I believe this means that when we accept God’s love we are given more than we will ever need. His love is endless and given in abundance.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan