Why Jesus? Living Beyond Myself

“Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].”  Matthew 10:39 (AMPC)

“[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).”  Ephesians 3:19-21 (AMPC)

This word “beyond” is worthy of our attention as we desire to move beyond our limitations, obstacles to move beyond and into the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

 “This is why the Scriptures say: Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine— these are the many things God has in store for all his lovers.”  I Corinthians 2:9 (TPT)

Paul is quoting Isaiah 64:4 (MSG) – “Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for Him.”

It is not a mediocre, average, mere existence life to which He calls us. He commands us to “lose our life for the sake of His Kingdom.”

You will only discover “true life” when you stop pursuing I – pursue the Creator, the Author, the Sustainer, the Provider of life and you will discover the life as He designed for you.

He called it “the Abundant Life.” It is ever growing, ever expanding, ever reaching, ever moving beyond where you are and who you have become.

It is life with a capital “L”.
It is life without limits.
It is life filled with hope and energy.
It is life filled with joy.
It is life running over, bursting out, flowing unimpeded to new heights, new achievements, new victories.

You must have inner courage to dare to live a daring, adventurous life. He gave us His life – we must not diminish it, but strive to make it greater, more, abundant, full of adventure and wonder.

The world defines “life” as “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change until death."

Christ came to give us “zoe” life – the secret to all success and richness in life.  "Zoe life is real, genuine.  It's a life that is active, vigorous, devoted to God.

It comes to us, through us as we continually surrender up our life to Him. This is the uncreated, eternal life of God, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.

Abundant life is our source for wisdom, self-control, spiritual healing, emotional healing, financial healing, relational healing and the total well-being of our life. All the “red letter” teachings of Jesus are principles about how this kind of life works.

Life is inner power to reach and live beyond. Living beings possess an innate power to reach beyond themselves and relate to other things.  In so doing we expand, enlarge our capacity for life.

Those who “give out” are “given to.” To receive love, we must give love. To be increased, we must increase.

As humans, we possess immense power to reach out and use what is beyond us to extend ourselves and our influence.  Philosophy says God has hidden from humans the glory of their own soul, that we might not be overcome with pride.

 “The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!”  Romans 8:19 (TPT)

His glory comes to us by His Word and His Spirit. It enters us, fills us, envelopes us and is then revealed through us to those around us.... But only when we live beyond ourselves.

We can tap into the inexhaustible powers of creation.

“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”  Ephesians 3:20 (TPT)

The realization of God’s unlimited provision for all our needs is dependent upon our willingness to be obedient to His responses.

We are not waiting on Him – He is waiting on us!
When I obey – He imparts.
When I risk – He acts.
He cannot work in a vacuum. He requires the law of effort on our part.
Step up! Step in! Step Out! Live Beyond!

Discussion Questions:
1. Living Beyond is called the "______" life? What is the "Zoe" Life?
2. What is "uncreated" life?
3. How does God's glory come to us?
4. What does God require of us to "live beyond?"

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