Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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A Full Life
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
I took my dogs with me to the trail earlier this week. It made for a good reflection time. The pups have an amazing ability of grasping every ounce of life in any given moment. They jumped into the Jeep ready for an adventure almost before I could get the hatch open. As we drove up to the trail, they were so excited to be there they could not contain themselves. Walking down the trail it was as though the dogs became intoxicated with all the smells they picked up. We stopped at a rock along the river. They swam and splashed and chased each other.
It made my day better to watch the dogs living life to the full, but it also reminded me that God wants us to embrace life in the same way. John 10:10 reads “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” I simply took my dogs to the trail hoping they would have a good time. Jesus came to Earth, suffered death on the cross and rose from the dead so that we might live a full life. Too often believers treat their salvation as Fire Insurance – something intended ONLY to keep them out of Hell. Salvation is so much more. It is a daily relationship with God that changes your view of life and your ability to live every day with hope, purpose and passion.
Think about it…
Go back and read John 10:10. What does the first part of the verse say? Is there any way in which you are allowing the evil one to steal the Joy God desires for you?
How do you think God feels about your constant struggle, never experiencing the blessings Christ gave His life for you experience? Talk to God about it. If you don’t feel you and God can connect on this level, talk to a trusted friend/believer who might help you get redirected down the path God desires for your life.
In Surrender to Christ,