L IFE | DAY 31.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ (John 10:10 NKJV)
At this stage in the month, you’ve been faithfully depositing truth this month into your soul each day and therefore, establishing a foundation that can set you up for an amazing year. Thirty-one days completed of hearing from God and allowing his word to stir your heart to keep going. Well done! The promise of better, the search for fulfilment and the hope for a brighter future are deep longings that remain in even the most despairing hearts. These are the things that often keep us moving forward even when life is hard. These things are within us because our heavenly Father designed it so and it is no surprise then, when our enemy tries to rob us of these, for he hates anything that resembles Him. If he can carry away the belief that our tomorrows can be greater than our yesterdays, then he removes the very reason to live. No wonder Jesus states that, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.’ (John 10:10 KJV).
Don’t you just love the next words of that verse though? ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’ How amazing and true to remember that Jesus has a different view of things. No matter how you are viewing the remainder of this year, let me remind you how Jesus sees it. Your 2019 will be full, abundant and worth living. He restores what the enemy took away and replaces it with better, brighter, greater and fuller. This is why our church vision statement revolves around the word ‘LIFE’, for this is not only our goal, to live a great life, but this is, in fact, God’s desire for us too. Peter reminds us that the ability to live such a life is within our reach for, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV).
As this devotional comes to a close, you can decide to see your future the way Jesus sees it. What would our lives look like if we were loving Jesus, inspiring the church, forming communities and equipping for life, but more fully than we have ever done before? As we love Jesus more, our devotional times will become the place where we rest, listen and get direction for the year ahead. As we inspire the church more, we will look for opportunities to serve each other and be encouragers as God builds his kingdom through us. As we form communities, we might decide to do this more fully this year by joining a life-group or dream-team or connecting more deliberately with those in our sphere of influence at work, home or friendship group. As we equip for life, then let this devotion be just the beginning of what’s to come. Let’s fully embrace this opportunity to prepare for more of the full life that Jesus promises. Be encouraged, 2019 promises to be a year of life – abundant life.