It is universally common to want to have a better life. No one sets out to have a bad life or a lesser life. As we read the Bible, we find words and concepts that grab our attention because they seem to offer ways to find that place of blessing.
It has always been relatively easy to misinterpret what that means. We long for victory over our enemies both external and internal. We see promises of prosperity, and eagerly seek to find ways of having it. The apostle Paul speaks of “always being led in Christ’s triumphal procession” (see 2 Corinthians 2:14). We know from reading the Gospels that Jesus paid a supreme price to purchase for us a kind of life that is worthy of his payment. Surely, he didn’t purchase a life of subpar existence. It must be better than the “toil and struggle” perspective that seems all too common. All of this leads us to ask the important question: What can we expect now?