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After dwelling on his decade-old grill finally calling it quits, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 is reminded of the sacrifice by Christ so that we all experience and abundant life and shares the importance of relying on His word and purpose instead of only on worldly possessions.

Weekly devotional: An abundant life

Oct. 14, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
A e luku aku: i hele mai hoʻi au, i loaʻa ai iā lākou ke ola, a nui loa.
– Ioane 10:10b

I came so that they would have life and have it abundantly.
– John 10:10b

He manaʻo o ke kahu
For a couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling incomplete. Why? My grill had died. I had this one for over 10 years and it served me well, easily grilling steaks, chicken, seafood, veggies, and whatever I threw at it. It had a side burner so I could fry anything and not be worried about the mess. I knew the end was near when huge flames started coming from the back of the burners while nothing came from the front. In addition, one of the wheel supports had rusted away, so it sat propped up on a brick. It was time for a new one and over a recent weekend, I got one – a four-burner model with a side burner for frying foods outside. As soon as I put it together, I was grilling. My kāne card was renewed and I felt life was full and abundant again.

Have you ever felt like that, like you were missing something, that life wasn’t full or abundant? Maybe life was good for a time and you were, “cooking with gas.” Slowly things didn’t have the impact, maybe even to the point that you were feeling down and out, your flame of life had begun to sputter out. If so, it’s time to get a new lease on life with the true source of life.

Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Our life is in Christ. If we are living through him, we will have the energy, the spirit, and the purpose to live. As our key scripture tells us, Christ came so that we might have life and have it abundantly.

Some mistake an abundant life as one full of possessions, but Jesus warns against that, “For what does it benefit a person to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36 and Mark 10:25 says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

The abundant life means that Christ will give us more than we need, albeit not necessarily what we want. The abundant life means we have a purpose to serve him and only him. The abundant life means life is good ALL THE TIME. So, next time you feel like you are missing something, seek the source of the abundant life, seek Christ, and maybe you’ll also get your grill.

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