Running From Abundant Life
Meditation on John 10:10 by Cris Cramer
John 10:10 (NIV):
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
This is a very familiar verse. I've come back to this one for encouragement and comfort many times. I think it's one of the greatest promises Jesus gave us, to have life to the full. But I have to admit, I feel like I have no idea what he's really talking about.
The words are right there, as bare fact. But I don't know what living a really full life means, I don't feel like I've ever done it yet. It's the difference between head-knowledge and experiential-knowledge. I've only got head-knowledge about this one. I don't really understand what he's offering, not in a deep and meaningful way.
The idea of a full life is compelling, but it's not what I've constructed for myself. I've always lived in a safe, cautious way, rejecting risk and adventure and uncertainty, and therefore, rejecting some of the components that I think are needed for fullness of life. Judging by past evidence, I can't honestly argue that I want to have a full life, or that my past-self wanted it. At best, it has been a conflicted issue.
As I write these words, I'm walking through a time where a lot of my old safe life has been deconstructed around me, and so the field is open. I need to construct new things, and in large part, it's up to me what to build. So what am I going to work toward? Another safe, cautious life, or one with more room for new things, one that is more full, more fulfilling?
I don't know yet. I've experienced the cautious mode of life, and it tried to wreck me. It didn't fill me with life, it drained life out of me. I don't want to go back to that. But opposing it is a big empty space full of questions. I don't know how to cope with that. I hardly know where to begin. So which to choose? The old, familiar, and safe, or the new and daunting?
I don't know what's going to happen. But Jesus knows, and he says in this verse that he came on behalf of fostering life, abundant life, full life. Life. I don't trust in myself, but I have to trust in him. He's been clearing decks around me, and I hope and pray that we can build something new, something abundant, something alive.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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