If something lacks in life it is said to be dead or lifeless. Well, the same thing could be said of some people of today. One may ask, “What am I lacking? I have a good job, a new car, a nice house, money in the bank, a good spouse, and my children are all grown-up and doing well. I have it all, it couldn’t be better.” It seems that you have everything going just as it ought to go supposedly, in order to live life to the fullest. You may still be lacking in life. John 10:10 states that the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and that you may have it more abundantly.” In this statement Jesus is contrasting what He offers with what Satan will offer us. The thief that is mentioned here is speaking about the enemy of our souls, satan; he kills, steals and destroy lives. Satan hates us and has a horrible plan for our lives, but he doesn’t want us to know this. His job is to steal from us, kill us and destroy us; this is the devil’s resume. But with Christ we can have life and live it more abundantly, here we have a choice.
Now death is something that not everyone is comfortable discussing. But one thing is for sure; as long as we live we are going to die. But the abundant life that John 10:10 speaks about is not necessarily a long life, though it may be, but it certainly is a full one. Medical experts seek medicines to add years to our lives, but truthfully speaking; only Jesus can add life to our years. After being someone who at one point in life was under the devil’s plan and later discovering the Lord’s plan for my life, there is no doubt that the life plan that God has for me is the best one. So I will continue to walk upright as best as I can; for the Bible says that the righteous will barely make it into the Kingdom of Heaven.
So where does this leave the unbeliever? I would rather die believing and serving God and find out later that there is no Heaven, than NOT serve the Lord and wake up to find out that there is a Heaven. While life here on Earth may be good, it is not promised to last. We must prepare and live life for the Lord as if there is no tomorrow, for it is not promised to us. Living a Christian life is not always easy.
Oftentimes we are faced with challenges, hurt and long-suffering, but 1st Peter 4:15-19 states, but let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief (as satan) or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters, Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time has come that judgement must begin at the house of God. Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator. Life can be good at the beginning and the end.