“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” – John 10:10
I love this. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, not much to expand on, just so much to rejoice in.
So often we’re living the same old routine. For some, it might be the 9-5er, for others it might be a new town every night, but regardless of the specifics, it’s easy to get stuck into a rut. Too many of us, too easily, can find ourselves in an apathetic, emotionless, auto-pilot state of being. On the other hand though, too many of us find ourselves in almost the opposite position, feeling stressed out, emotional, and busy. Running ourselves ragged striving to be and do the best. Getting lost in the motions. In either situation, the love for life – the beauty of life – is lost and forgotten, buried underneath whatever internal mess we’re dealing with.
I’m trying to connect the dots here. Between John 10, the importance of enjoying life, and how the heck we get there. Honesty. Honestly. It starts there. Sometimes before we can really enjoy where we’re at, where God has us, it’s a matter of sitting down and sorting through all that’s weighing in around us. From there we will find the freedom to enjoy.
“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.” – Hebrews 4:15
He gets it. In John 14, Jesus talks about how He’s going away, but He will be sending The Comforter to strengthen and guide us; to help us. We wouldn’t need a Comforter if we were never going to feel bad. Sometimes I don’t remember to think about it in simple ways like this, but He definitely gets it. He understands you, cares about you, loves you unconditionally. This is why we can fearlessly and confidently approach this throne of grace knowing that He loves us right where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there.
“He didn’t say, “Adam, where were you?”, He said, “Adam, where are you?””
He wants to change us. He wants to help us. He wants to free us.
We gotta let Him.
There, we’ll find mercy for our failures and grace to change. He is the One!
Let us also find freedom in truth.
“Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart... Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.” – Psalm 51:6, 8
“And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” – John 8:32
After the honesty, the brokenness, we are healed and pieced together, restored in Truth. But these lies will fight to swallow our souls, to keep us in confusion, lost in the dark. We must know the truth. We must saturate ourselves in all that is light and love.
There, in the place of Love, we will find freedom and rest for our souls.
He’s brought us out of darkness, and has done the unthinkable inside.
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” – Romans 12:1, 2
We’re transformed by grace.
Wherever you are, I hope you’re on your way to enjoying life, life overflowing, life to the fullest. I hope that you’ll be honest with yourself, those around you, and with your Maker. I pray that your honesty, whether good or bad, be confronted with truth, and that THE truth would set you free.
Free to live.
It is for freedom He set us free.
Enjoy the good life, kids!