You belong to a God who would see you enjoy nothing but an abundant life. – The Love Script, Toni Shiloh
Okay, so I admit to choosing this quote because this is something I’m claiming in this phase of my life. Sometimes, as Christians, we get hung up on the story of the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-23)…
Or Jesus’ comment that it’s easier for a camel to make it through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to make it into heaven (Luke 18:25).
We use these teachings as a justification for suffering and poverty…
But what about the abundant life God promised us?
Jesus said He came so that we would have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). And yeah, I get it–the way I’m interpreting it may not be the way the original audience did.
Here’s the thing about that though: while He was making the statement, Jesus knew that 2000 years later, a woman halfway around the world from where He lived would be searching the Scriptures trying to find truth, hope, and encouragement.
Does having an abundant life mean we will never struggle?
No, because Jesus also talks about tribulations for those who follow Him (John 16:33).
But shouldn’t we, as Christ-followers, expect an abundant life here on earth?
Shouldn’t we claim it because Christ promised it to us?
Let us choose to believe and live in anticipation of an abundant life rather than adopting a poverty mindset out of a sense of misplaced piety.
About the Book
A Hollywood hair stylist.
Nevaeh Richards loves making those in the spotlight shine but prefers the anonymity of staying behind her stylist chair, where no one notices her. But when a photo of Nevaeh and Hollywood A-lister Lamont Booker goes viral for all the wrong reasons, her quiet life becomes the number-one trending topic.
The silver screen’s latest heartthrob.
Lamont Booker’s bold faith has gained him a platform, and the authenticity of his faith is well known . . . until the tabloids cause the world to question everything he claims to be. With his reputation on the line, he finds himself hearing out his agent’s push for a fake relationship–something he never thought he’d consider in a million years.
A love that goes off script.
With their careers at risk, Nevaeh and Lamont have to convince the world that their scripted romance is more than just an act. But when fake seems to turn into something real, can Nevaeh trust her heart in a world where nothing is ever as it seems?