Abundant Life Through The Gate

By Brooke


There is this paradox in the Christian life that all should be well and good on the outside (and inside) while we are simultaneously drawing nearer to Christ and becoming more and more like Him. If you’ve stayed committed to the Lord through even one trial or season of refinement you know this to be far from the truth. And yet we are still wrecked when He shows us something unpleasant in our hearts. The Christian life is not a comfortable life—it’s a committed one. It’s believing this passage to be true:

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They 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.”-John 10:9-10 (NIV)

When everything is good we say, “Oh Lord come! Be God in my life!” Then He does, and we realize that He’s come to show us what’s lying beneath our eager cries for more. He shows us that we can’t crutch around on our lies anymore. We believe that there is so much comfort there in that space, that it has really served us well, but it has done so at the cost of our marriage or friendship or integrity.

I think in that very moment He might actually whisper, “Really? That’s life abundant?” Because if it were then maybe what we are really saying is that He didn’t need to come.

But that is what He came for.

That the thief would no longer steal your life, destroy your future, or kill your joy. He came that through Jesus we would find green pastures—life to the max, to the full, all in, sold out, abundantly greater. This is the life we were created for. This is the life we desire.







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3 Comments on Abundant Life Through The Gate

  1. Toniann
    March 11, 2015 at 6:32 am (5 years ago)


  2. jo rodriguez
    March 11, 2015 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

    Love This! God is so so good and we need to stay in His pastures.

  3. Tammy Kern
    March 13, 2015 at 7:18 am (5 years ago)

    Through the recent passing of my precious brother, I have learned the true meaning of the thief will no longer steal, kill or destroy my life my future or my joy… Thru the prayer of the most obedient disciple of The Lord, I have been lifted above the crashing waves, without her I am sure I would be lying on the ocean bottom… I have learned what ‘staying committed to The Lord means’, and glorifying Him through it all… I so enjoy all of your writings Brooke they fill my mind and heart and always make me think deeply.


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