John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
We secure that which is valuable to us.
Locks on doors, security cameras, and sensors all help to keep what we value safe. First and foremost, we desire to protect those we love from harm. We strive to secure them and our possessions from thieves.
Accounts of horrific crimes committed can cause fear to arise in our hearts. The enemy uses that fear to hold us in bondage and keep us from doing and being what we must. Some are frozen in fear, anxiety, and thoughts of what might be.
All the while, we forsake the promises given to us by the One powerful enough to save us and keep us!
The precious gift of salvation was given not just as a ticket out of Hell, but so much more! Every child of God is secure in their salvation – forever.
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
No power in Heaven and earth can take what God has given and promises to be eternal.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
But as I read this familiar passage, I thought,
“Do I value the abundant life enough to secure it from the thief who seeks to steal it away?”
Which gendered other questions:
“Do I truly have the abundant life of which Jesus speaks?”
“If so, what value do I place on it? How secure do I keep it, and what am I doing to maintain and sustain it?”
“If not, why not?”
We have all had days when we’ve reached its conclusion and rejoiced because we survived. We’ve also had days of great blessing and fruitfulness to testify of the abundance given by God. I have learned to look always on the positive. Thinking negatively never produces good fruit.
Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
Each day of our lives has benefits. Each day possesses the potential to be fruitful and abundant. Our perspective matters significantly in the determination of that judgment.
Every child of God has the Savior’s promise of abundant life. In our passage is His promise.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
It should be our mission each day to see the abundance God gives to us, His children. What form that may take is a matter of perspective. We all desire the outpouring of blessings that come from God. But, it may very well be the abundance may come through sorrow, chastening, or trials.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The value we place on the “abundant Christian life” will be revealed in what we do to achieve it, maintain, sustain, and protect it. It takes work to be sure.
But isn’t the reward worth the work?