A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness [John 10:10, NCV]
Jesus said in John 10:10 that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but he has come to give us life and “life in all its fullness”. We focus our biblical reflection this year on this theme as we try to understand what it means to experience “life in all its fullness”.
Helen Keller was stricken with an illness that left her blind and at the age of 19 months. Hers is an amazing story of incredible courage in the face of overwhelming odds. During her remarkable life, she became a powerful example of how faith and perseverance can enable a person to triumph over adversity. She went on to gain respect and recognition as one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, and received several honours in recognition of her accomplishments. Her short comment on life: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing…
Are you excited about life? Do you have a sparkle in your eyes…a spring in your step? As followers of the resurrected Christ, we have been called to fullness of life. God created us and the world we live in so we could have life in all its fullness. Sin entered the world and with it brought corruption, evil and death. God sent Jesus to reverse the effects of sin. Christ’s death and resurrection purchased forgiveness and freedom from bondage to sin. Faith in Christ then sets us free – free to experience the fullness of life God intends for us to have. As we begin the year 2017 let’s ask God to lead us to that place where we both experience his promise of fullness of life and showcase it to those who don’t know him.