“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”John 10:10
The spirit of adventure has always been a passion of mine as I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to travel this beautiful world that the Lord has given us. I think for me, it all comes from a deep longing to maximize my time here on earth and live every moment to the fullest. One of my favorite verses is John 10:10, which talks about living life to the fullest and how that is accomplished through our relationship with Christ.
This verse comes to us from the passage in John where Jesus is referring to Himself as the Good Shepherd who would do anything for His sheep, even lay down His life to protect them. This is important because we can see the contrast between the Good Shepherd and the thief who comes seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. We can see now in this present time how the thief is destroying and killing all over the world through sickness, loss, despair, heartache, and most of all, fear.
It would be easy during this current time of crisis to fall into a mindset of letting the enemy steal your joy. This worldwide pandemic has affected us all and is a great trial on our lives. If we have salvation in Christ, He has promised us that He will watch over us and protect us. We can have peace in that promise!
James 1:2-3 tells us to consider trials as pure joy. We can be encouraged because we know that our faith in Christ is producing perseverance. We must set our minds on things of the Spirit, not this world (Romans 8:5). We can have full faith and confidence in knowing that Christ is holding us all in His hands, and we can have assurance that He has overcome this current heartache (John 16:33).
Verse 10 of John chapter 10 tells us that our lives were meant to be lived abundantly. I look at this verse as my own personal message from Christ that this life is a blessing and that I can maximize it for the Kingdom. If we are walking with Christ, our Good Shepherd, at the end of it all, we can look back on a life that is lived to the fullest.