Welcome again to this week's word for the week. John 10:10 is a simple but yet powerful verse. In practical terms it says the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy us while Jesus came that we could not only have life but have it abundantly. While that sounds like a simple verse the question is what does that mean to you? When you read that what exactly do you see? What does it say that you may be missing? Let's go further here.
There is nothing complicated about the verse. However, we need to realize that the verse also points to an awareness we must have. This is not going to be easy if we pay attention. There is an enemy after us and his purpose is to steal from us, to kill us, and destroy us. While that may be his purpose we need to be equally aware of the purpose of Christ. He came to give us life and to do it in an abundant manner. So if we read this correctly we see a warning of attack followed by a promise of victory.
The attack part means we must be guarded. We cannot afford to live our lives as if there is no danger lurking about us or trying to bring us harm. The enemy is not after our money, things, or family. That's not enough for him to do. He is trying to outright destroy us to the point that we no longer exist. That means we cannot afford to take the word of God lightly. When God is clearly trying to warn us in His word it does us a tremendous amount of good to pay attention. The worst strike is the one you didn't see coming. We are told in the bible to be watchful at all times. Like it or not, there are too many Christians too occupied with just having a temporary good time. We need to get back to the full picture in the body of Christ. We are always under attack with a promise to always come out on top "if" we follow God.
There's a choice you and I must make on a daily basis. We must choose to follow and serve God with everything we have. There are no off days. There is no less of an obligation for you to pray and study regardless to where you are. Taking a vacation doesn't exempt you from praying and studying. There has to be a diligence on your part to always want God to be a part of your everyday life. Where you are at the moment should not change that. You should want God daily rather you're home or somewhere on vacation. The truth is you need Him no matter where you are.
The final part is the promise of that verse. Jesus said He came to give us life more abundantly. Is the abundance in things or more of Him? Which do you seek? Do you prefer more money or more of Christ? If you get more of Christ and not another dime would you still serve Christ? Would you still honor Him and put Him first in your life? At some point in your life you have to ask what you're really after on this journey. If you say more Christ then you need to also think about how much sacrifice is really involved. There's nothing worse than seeing someone who wants Christ until they find out the requirements and then they walk away. There's absolutely nothing in this world more valuable than Christ. Nothing.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon