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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