The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
John 10:10 (AMP)
This passage is in the middle of Jesus teaching that He is the good shepherd. Shepherds in that day would build makeshift pens for the sheep to sleep in. If a thief wanted to try to steal sheep, they would have to scale the boundaries that the shepherd built. To keep this from happening, good shepherds would sleep in the doorway of the pen, ever alert to danger. The boundaries that Jesus sets up are not to make our lives dull and meaningless, but to repel the attacks of those who want to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus offers us life, and life to the fullest.
I don’t usually post a random thought or social media post on my website, but I felt this random thought was important enough to make it to my main website…so here it is:
A Random Thought: Lets not forget our country was founded on the gospel and the risks missionaries are subject to as well..to get the word out there of hope and inspiration…some of which are our service men and women…our solders have died for our country for our freedoms which is a major core of our Christian beliefs…lets not be shallow minded to neglect the sacrifice to keep freedoms and beliefs in this country…as we speak right now…our government wants to take away our freedoms and religious rights…although true Christianity isn’t a religion…in regards to PC status it is..lets remember those who fight for our freedoms and those who preach freedom!
Then the King will say to those at His right hand. Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me. I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. [Isa. 58:7]
Matthew 25:34-36 (AMP)
This teaching should sober all of us. The person that approaches you on the street for some food reminds us of our commission to feed the hungry, to cloth the poor and help the helpless. You don’t have to randomly give money out to everyone, but you are commanded to be involved in some way to meet the needs of others. Jesus is waiting for you at the homeless shelter, in a prison, or in the face of a child needing a sponsor.