Is Jesus’ agenda for his disciples.
It’s life to the full, fountains of living water welling up from within, abundance like a fruitful tree planted by the stream – absolutely!
But his method for doing that isn’t normally to transplant you in to favourable circumstances. To put the wind at your back, the stream at your side, and a crowd of cheerleaders singing your name. To bring about fruitfulness and fulfilment through osmosis. Not normally.
Rather, it’s streams… in the desert. Feasts prepared… in the presence of our enemies. Incredible treasures… in jars of clay. Shining like stars… in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation. Blessedness… with accompanying persecution and slander.
This is the normal Christian life.