Bible Reading: John 10:10; Deuteronomy 30:11-20
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]”
[John 10:10 Amp. Bible]
One of the last things that Moses said to the people of Israel before he died was that they had to make a choice. They could choose between life and death [Deuteronomy 30:15]. Jesus also sets before us a similar choice of life and death – to follow His plan or Satan’s plan [John 10:10]. Satan has a plan for your life. He wants to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to wreck and ruin your life. Let’s take a closer look at Satan’s plan for your life.
The word steal is the Greek word ‘klepto’ describing a person who is a persistent thief addicted to stealing. The picture is of an artful thief who steals in such a way that it is almost undetectable until the thief has long gone!
The word kill is the Greek word ‘thuo’ that means to sacrifice, to surrender or give up something that is precious. It has nothing to do with murder. If Satan can’t steal from us then he will try to persuade us to give up something that we dearly love, that blesses us and is a God given gift.
The word destroy is the Greek word ‘apollumi’. It carries the meaning of something that is ruined, wasted, or devastated. If Satan cannot steal what you have got or convinced you to give up what you hold dear, then he will then try to ruin it. His plan for your life is that you be defeated, struggle through life, are sick, depressed, miserable, and feel a worthless failure!
Jesus has a plan for your life. He wants you to enjoy life – “I came that you might have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance” [John 10:10b]. The words “might have” are from the Greek tense that means to have and to continually possess. The word life is the Greek word ‘zoe’, that suggests a life filled with vitality. The word abundantly is the Greek word ‘perissos’, meaning to be above and beyond what is regular. It could be translated as super-abundance!
The devil did his best to make the Christian life look miserable, but at the heart of it all is a relationship with the Creator and the enjoyment of everything good that He has created. There is theatre, art, music, nature, fun, and family. What about the great joy of serving others, and living the life for which you were created? Above all it is a life of joy in God Himself, even more than His blessings, and full of peace and a clear conscience,
What is your choice as you have seen the two options set before you today?
It seems that Jesus’ plan for a person’s life is so obviously the best choice, so why is it that it is a minority of people who make that choice?
If you have allowed the devil to steal, deceive and ruin your life God still loves you. Would you ask Him, your Good Shepherd to restore your soul?