Man walking on the beach living life to the fullest

Jesus’ Example of Living Life to the Fullest

Living in this broken world, people know defeat all too well. Everyone has experienced a relationship where someone let them down, or a situation that didn’t work out the way they hoped. These moments of disappointment or frustration reveal the tragic fact that this world is deeply flawed. Even though believers live in the hope of the resurrection and the victorious life that Jesus promises through his Spirit, he still calls us to live in this world, where we experience death, brokenness, mourning and pain (in contrast to the coming kingdom: Revelation 21:4).

Jesus’ resurrection reveals to believers the true way to life. Those who think that the abundant life consists of finding one’s way around suffering and hardship have a misguided perception of what Jesus promised.

Jesus’ life and example teach that the way to a full life consists of service, hardship, opposition, pain and suffering. Believers look at Jesus’ life and see that God’s best plan for his Son was to stay close to him through the most unimaginable of circumstances. The New Testament shows many times over that God was with his Son until the end, when Jesus took our sin upon himself and suffered on the cross.

But the good news is God didn’t leave his Son in the grave! Because Jesus submitted to the point of death, and then defeated death, he paved the way for all people to find eternal life. By submitting himself to death, Jesus found life. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). It’s only in surrendering to his will and his way that believers actually find the fullness of life as God intended it.

In all of this, Jesus is victorious. He was, is, and will always be undefeated by sin, by death and by the grave. His victory is found in the fact that he was, and is, a selfless servant. In graciously giving his life, he also created a pathway to the life that is truly life eternal.

Drawn from The Jesus Bible, NIV.

36 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I feel like maybe I was meant to read this tonight. Thank you.

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  2. Janae says:

    This is refreshing. Selfless example to follow. The blueprint. Submit to HIS will and his way and truly embark on the fullness of LIFE. Needed this. Glory to God.

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    1. Michael says:

      It’s really quite awesome to believe that Jesus gives life in the fullest. Glory be to His name for ever and ever more.

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    2. Livingstone says:

      God bless our country.

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  3. Sheryl Kociurka says:

    Looking forward to receiving more daily devotions. This ministry is a blessing. Thank you

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  4. Mike Krug says:

    I admit I struggle with this . . . I tend to focus on the cost and not the ROI; and I am afraid of what that cost may be. I suppose I just need to focus on Him and trust that He will get me through. His purpose and plan, not mine!

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  5. Mary Johnson says:

    This is very uplifting. Thank you.

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    1. Rose Nkomo says:

      All powerful. Amen

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  6. Yvette Ford says:

    This is just what GOD Intended for me to read on this GLORIOUS MORNING….

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  7. Carol Cominsky says:

    Reading this on the first day July 2024. God put this devotion here for me to read. Thank you, Jesus 👐

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  8. Jasper Godwills says:

    Amen. This is wonderful and empowering.

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  9. mary kinoti says:

    This is a very good devotional. I would like to participate.

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  10. Dick Knoefel says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters: Please read and study your Scriptures daily. Do not solely depend on man for the truth of Yahweh’s word. Hope is things believed and not seen. We are living in a time of great deception, and the Scriptures warn us of man’s doctrines and traditions. Yahweh is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one gets to the Father but through him.

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    1. Willy says:

      Indeed. Self study is really key. It puts you on a journey of discovery. Then when you share and discuss with others, you unlock the full potential of God’s message.

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  11. Marvina Hill says:

    Thanks so much for this. It brings me so much PEACE!!!

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  12. Joel Wielandt says:

    Thank you for your insight on this matter. It really was an eye opener and clears up some confusion I had. Thank you and God Bless.

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  13. Sheldon Jacobs says:

    Life is a struggle but there are those of us, who know Jesus Christ is constantly with us through all the hardships of life. We are still here to testify to His grace and mercy. 🙏🏼

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  14. Quinten Baley says:

    I have witnessed this in my life in many ways.

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  15. así como Jesús venció la muerte así nosotros tenemos que seguir su ejemplo de superación en la vida teniendo una relación más cercana con el para que el nos guíe en el camino de la vida. (Just as Jesus defeated death, we have to follow his example of overcoming life by having a closer relationship with him so that he can guide us on the path of life.)

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  16. MD DIPU says:

    Very nice.

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  17. Alice says:

    I love this. It is so heart warming.

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  18. Gregg Milliken says:

    I know GOD connected me to this so that I could share with others. I explained that Jesus had forgiven our sins from the past, for today, and the future, and that he has given us the true agape love.
    This was a wonderful way to share with the people that I love so that they can understand how important it is to lead a life with God! This is very well written and so helpful right in the moment when you need it. That’s exactly why I wanted to send this. Thank you!

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    1. Joan Nichols says:

      Why must we suffer? I know God is with us through our troubled times, but why must we suffer all the time?

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  19. Tori Brass says:

    I am still on my spiritual journey with GOD but I believe that he sent this to me as a message TO UNDERSTAND and BRING PEACE TO MY LIFE! All glory to God for his blessings upon our lives! Always stay blessed. 🤍

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  20. Kobus says:

    “Jesus’ life and example teach that the way to a full life consists of service, hardship, opposition, pain and suffering.” Does this mean Christians should not expect prosperity? I have had my fair share of pain and suffering, but I’m enjoying God’s blessings every day.

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  21. Apondi says:

    The word of God is so interesting.

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  22. Zebedee says:

    God is Good.

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  23. Joyce Waa y says:

    Amen. God is everything, no matter what. He is the source of life.

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  24. Olara Daniel says:

    Our Lord Jesus Christ is alive! He has defeated the grave. This has humbled me to follow our savoir in the right way.

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    1. Maggie Anton says:

      The teaching really helped me understand my spiritual life. Thanks.

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  25. Acidri cosmas says:

    Very interesting and builds my confidence in my spiritual life.

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  26. Roberto says:

    I “am the way the way, the truth , and the Life . John 14: 6 Jesus said that no one can come to the Father except through him .

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  27. Thanks for this wonderful message.

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  28. Clay Bolyanatz says:

    An important aspect was neglected in the article. That is, how do you find joy as you “LIVE (serve) LIFE (hardship) to the FULLEST (pain and suffering)”? Thankfully, God graciously provides it from the Living/Loving Word. Jeremiah 15:16; John 15: 9-11; Galatians 5: 22; 1 Peter 1: 8-9 , [present and future sense]. “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. —— Isaiah 12: 2,3. What a marvelous hope!! BTW Deuteronomy has a warning for when we are not serving with joy.

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