Something to Think About
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
These are Jesus’ own words recorded by John. He makes it very clear what his purpose for interaction with us is. He also makes it very clear that we have an active enemy who wants for us the exact opposite of what Jesus does.
When people ignorantly pose the question about how can a loving God allow evil to happen in the world, my husband’s response is always, “Well, why don’t people allow God to be in charge of their own world?”
Our society and culture, that doesn’t want God to be in charge, yet the demand he take charge, have allowed the thief to be in charge, so it should actually not be surprising that thievery, murder and destruction abound. But, if everyone were enjoying the rich, full life that believing in Jesus brings, there actually wouldn’t be evil in the world.
Think about it.
Thank you for Jesus. Thank you that he doesn’t come to shame us, make us pay, or make our lives small. He is all about freedom in every possible way a person can be free, and I am so grateful. Thank you for protecting me from the evil in the world that is the direct result of people not honoring you and not following your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.