If you’re anything like the rest of us, you have at one time or another looked around your life and wondered if you were experiencing the abundance God promises His followers.
Our natural desire is to be happy with life. We long to be in that sweet spot of knowing we’re right where God would have us and to have that place be one of fullness.
Do you long for an abundant, joy-filled life? There are many Bible verses about living life to the fullest. These verses show that you can have that life today!
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What Does “Living Life to the Fullest” Mean?
If you survey ten different people on what living life to the fullest means, all ten of them may give you a different answer. We are a culture obsessed with living our best life.
Living life to the fullest as a Christian looks different than someone who is living of the world. First and foremost we are living for Christ, under a new identity. We no longer are simply “sinners”. When we become justified (saved) God cloaks us with His Son’s righteousness and we become sinners saved by grace. It is upon our justification that we enter into the promise of full life.
God coined the term and therefore He gets to define it. His idea of a full or a living life to the fullest synonym, abundant life is not synonymous with the ever so common but falsely believed prosperity gospel. Walking with Christ does not equate to mansions, luxury vehicles, and material blessings untold.
Abundance is not the lack of trial, it is not synonymous with perfection. In fact, it is often through seasons of trial in our lives that we most clearly experience the beauty that is abundant living.
God desires for us to live with abundant joy right in the middle of the trials of life. We know He holds the victory, our job is to trust Him.
Bible Verses About Living Life to the Fullest
The Word of God is full of Bible verses about living life to the fullest. Through them we learn what it means to live an abundant life. Whether you want to know what the hope of a full life means, how to make sure you are in a position to receive this promise, or even what abundance does not look like in our lives, it can be found in the Word.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware
unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
We have been given a choice, whether we will choose life or death. God’s heart for us is that we would gladly choose life. He alone knows what is best for His children and is able to keep our feet from slipping.
We are told to love the Lord our God, obey His voice and hold fast to Him in order to have life and length of days. The only way to experience abundance is to hold fast to Christ.
Do not miss the burden of the other choice. If we do not choose to live our lives for the Lord, He promises there will be death and curse. God loves us enough to leave the choice in our hands, He does not desire that we passively follow after Him. He is looking for believers who make the conscious decision to obey Him. Men and women who will stand up and declare their love for the Lord.
Psalm 16:11 – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
With the knowledge of choice found in Deuteronomy we may wonder how exactly to follow through on that choice. The beautiful truth is that God clearly lays out the path of life for us. We are not left to guess His will for our lives. His very presence blesses us with fullness of joy and pleasures evermore.
The Lord’s idea of joy and eternal blessing is different from what the prosperity gospel teaches. It very well might be forged through times of fire in our lives. Remember though, that God always without a doubt knows what is best for our hearts. He knows the path we will each take. As we walk through seasons of strife we must not lose sight of the full life He longs to bless us with.
Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
God compares His people to sheep. Sheep are pretty clueless animals, in need of a shepherd to guard and lead them. God Himself takes on this role in our lives, if we will allow Him.
In Psalm 23:1 we are told that because the Lord is our shepherd we have no reason to want. There is nothing we lack. This concept of wanting has been twisted in our culture. We are a people who believe we want much. Nice houses,
raises, designer clothes, the best cars, expensive vacations…the list goes on.
The Lord takes care of His flock so that they are not left needing. This alone is abundance, we are a blessed people. The Lord also blesses us with good gifts. As a parent, I am reminded that there are things my husband and I provide for our children that they need (food, shelter, clothing..) but also there are times
where we bless them with something they want. The Lord does the same for us.
There are seasons of life for all of us, when a prayer request (that feels an awful lot like a need) is not answered. If you are there right now, my encouragement for you would be to look around at all God has given you and start counting your blessings. If His heart is to answer this specific prayer of yours, He will do so in His timing. Usually far and above anything we could ever ask or hope for (Ephesians 3:20).
Psalm 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
What are the desires of your heart? As you grow in your relationship with the Lord, you will come to find the closer you walk with Him, the closer your heart desires reflect what He would have for you.
This is the process of sanctification. A pruning away of our fleshly desires leaves room for those blessings God so longs for us to have. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will truly give you the desires of your heart. You will have a full life indeed.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This is considerably the one verse most commonly taken out of context in the entire Bible. We Christians want to twist the meaning of this verse to fit our agendas, seemingly forgetting that it’s God’s plan and purpose, not our own.
The truth is all of us at one point or another have likely questioned why God is allowing such pain or confusion in our lives. We fight against waiting and come up with our own plans of how we would like something to be accomplished.
God has known every detail (down to the most minute) of our lives since before He ever hung the stars in place. In His wisdom he has planned our lives to be exactly as He needs for them to be that we would have hope and a future.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus tells us that if we will seek the Kingdom of God first and live into His righteousness (of course there will still be times when we slip into our sin natures) all these things will be added to our lives.
What are all of these things? The very sustenance we need to make it through this life. God tells us not to worry, for He will take care of us. Our sole focus should be on walking with Him, and carrying out the great commission as found in Matthew chapter 28. It is then that we are living the fullest life.
Mark 8:34-35 – And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
It is not our job as a Christian person to protect our own life and try to climb the corporate ladder in order to fill our homes with material blessings. The hustle life is not God’s desire for His children. There is no abundance found there.
Remember the verse in the gospel of Matthew that tells us where our treasure is, there also our hearts will be. God longs to be our treasure. He has a full, abundant life planned for His children. Trust Him.
John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
This is perhaps one of the best known verses when it comes to the abundant life. It so clearly paints the picture of what the Lord wants for us versus what the enemy would have.
Do realize that we have an active enemy who is out to steal our very souls. Satan’s desire is for us to be destroyed, he has a target on our backs as believers. That is the cold hard truth. He will fight against us until the day we die. The good news is we serve the One who has final victory. While our fullest life will be found in heaven, the promise of abundance plays into our time on earth as well.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This happens as soon as we are justified. Justification is when we come to the saving knowledge of Christ, Our old sin nature is replaced with the righteousness of Christ. This is where abundance begins.
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
While the message of 2 Corinthians 5:17 is justification, this verse speaks to sanctification. We are all in the process of becoming more like Christ as soon as we accept Him to be our Lord and Savior. God will carry out this mission so that at the end of our lives the good work that was started reaches completion.
That Father knows that His children are not perfect. We are called to carry out our salvation with trembling and fear which simply means living into the grace of God and allowing His sanctification to be at work in our lives. When we become saved we no longer set out to sin. Our flesh is in the process of becoming glorified.
Philippians 3:8 – Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
We Christians have the fullest life in the fact that we know Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is nothing worth more. Nothing can compare to the promise we have in Christ Jesus. He alone is our abundance. Our prize worth living for.
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How to Start Living Life to the Fullest and Being Happy
As a Christian, living our lives to the best of our ability for Christ and sharing the Gospel message with the world is the place we must start. We are not to be concerned with what blessings the Lord may gift us or in trying to create an abundant life on our own terms.
When we are busy doing the work the Lord has given, we are lined up to receive the promise of full life.
The word happy is a synonym for the word blessed. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts for out of them spring the issues of life. In Scripture, our heart can be synonymous with our mind. We are in control of our thinking.
You can walk through life as a victim “why are bad things always happening to me…why is this all so difficult” or you can choose to have the mindset of an over comer and notice where God is working in your life. Notice the blessings He is imparting to you.
Choose to be a victim and you will be miserable, choose to be on the lookout for God’s blessings and you will find happiness.
Living Life to the Fullest Quotes
Along with the aforementioned scripture for living a full life, there have been brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared wisdom on the full life. Below are some quotes that may aid in your understanding of what it means to live a full life.
It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular success, as the world defines it. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance, and faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even ministry. Never focus on temporary crowns.Rick Warren
God’s Will is what we would choose if we knew what God knows.Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The abundant life Jesus spoke of isn’t opposed to the material, but it consists of more than just the material.Erin M. Straza
To have an abundant life, rich and full, means seeing the shortness of the day and seizing it, living the bucket list before the sun sets. It requires the quick gulp and the leaping blind, discarding what is heavy and worthless, investing in eternal things, counting as precious the gifts as they come and holding them loose because they will soon be gone.Catherine L. Morgan
As we begin to consider how to live our fullest life, let’s remember that God’s idea of abundance will often look different than what we have planned. This truly is a beautiful thing. His plans for us are so far beyond what we could ever dream up on our own (Ephesians 3:20).
His plans are to give us hope and a future. Live into the blessing and abundance God would have for you!
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
About the Author – Amber Durgan
Amber Durgan and her husband Lance and their two precious boys live in Montana “where the mountains meet the prairie.” Amber runs Cultivating Jewels ministry where she helps women cultivate the jewels of the Lord’s presence in their everyday life, with a special emphasis on Christian eating disorder recovery.