The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 NASB)
There is a polar difference between the two statements. What would you choose? To be in the charge of the one who can kill steal and destroy or with the one who gives abundant life? It is a no brainer! Who would choose anything but life? There must be something wrong if you to want hang out with one who is going to kill steal and destroy….they don’t make good friends and they certainly don’t make good babysitters. When you think of it like this it seems so clear. So why do we not ‘choose life’ more often?
The one who kills, steal, and destroys is very good at deceiving…so good that most think he is the one to follow. He doesn’t announce himself as the destroyer, no, he comes in more subtle forms, pervading your thinking and touching society, gradually eroding values so that what is born in darkness is then seen as light. It is the emperor’s new clothes syndrome….where we are convinced that what is good is bad and what is bad is good…it needs those who can truly see in the light to say what they see ‘the emperor has no clothes!’, and we awake to see the one who can truly bring life and not just a little but an abundance of it. It is like we are asleep and we need waking from a momentary deception, but the deception has consequences of an eternal nature. Even for those who walk in the light there is a temptation to be sucked into practices that will draw us away from the Lord.
When I read this I want the abundant life, I don’t want to be robbed by the enemy, I don’t want the destroyer to come and take away, I want the abundant life that is offered from the Lord. But how does that happen? It comes in my daily choices but it begins with one, choose life that you may have life in abundance!