08 Aug He Came to Give Us Life at its Best
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10: 9-10, 27
These words of Jesus are found within the statement: “I am the good shepherd.” The Good Shepherd would lead the sheep to the richest pasture. Jesus said that He came to give us life and life to the full. This means that when we come to the Shepherd of our Soul, He leads us to a life of great fulfillment and satisfaction. But this is found in a life of surrender to His will. Later in the same chapter He states that His sheep listen to His voice. But it doesn’t stop there. His sheep listen to His voice and they follow Him.
There’s a call here to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and know that as we go His way, it will be much better than any way that we can think of on our own. There’s a life of abundance, a life of joy, and a life of peace for the people who will seek Him and respond in obedience to His will.
I am reminded that many of the things that Jesus wants me to do revolve around people. Serving people, building relationships, caring for the most important people in my life, this is where He wants me to serve and this is where I will find the depth of relationship with God and others so that I can be a blessing to them in every assignment God is giving to me. This also involves reaching out to people who are in great need.
I am inspired to embrace the various things Jesus is asking me to do these days so that I will experience all of His blessings and the best life that God has made available to me. Much of what I think will fulfill me isn’t fulfilling at all. It is as I embrace God’s plan for me that I discover this incredible gift of His life the way He intended it to be all along.
Thank You, Lord Jesus for being the giver of life. I realize that this life of fulfillment is not without its challenges, but You are always there to speak into my life what I need to hear. Help me to be a good listener so that I can hear your voice and follow You closely this day. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to walk in the power of your Spirit today.