“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ John 10:10, NIV
How often do we hear this scripture quoted in church? And we focus so much on that first part. “The thief (read Satan, or Devil) comes only to steal kill and destroy”. We stop there. We talk about how we have to fight the devil, resist him so he will flee from us. But life is so much more than just resisting the devil.
Over and over God promises to give us new life. A full life.
Over and over again, you read this in scripture:
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
You have made known to me the path of life (Palms 16:11)
In him was life, and that life was the light of men (John 1:4)
Come to me to have life (John 5:40)
Tell the people the full message of this new life (Acts 5:20)
We so often talk about this life as something that will come. And that is true. But the word “eternal” doesn’t mean “later”, it means “unending” meaning we can receive it now and forever.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living. (Psalms 27:13)
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30)
We are meant to have new life both now and forever, not the way we so often teach it “forever, in the future”.
Our lives and God’s glory are bound together. If you want to live a full life, you must seek out the glory of God. If you want to see God’s glory shine on this earth, then you need to live your life to the full!
“The glory of God is man fully alive” ~ St. Irenaeus