The battle is real. The consequences are severe and the reward is significant. This stuff matters and it matters to the point of life and death.
Every once in a while, we get a stark reminder of the stakes and the reality. We get a glimpse into the Truth of John 10:10 as we are reminder of the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy. He is brutal and determined to carry out the totality of those intentions.
We lost one last week. “Flip” battled things that most of us never face and lived a life that few would envy. I knew him, but not really. Even based in what was admittedly a limited relationship, his troubles were on display, as was his promise. He was a bright man dulled by a darkness that could distract you from who he actually was if you allowed it.
The tools and desires of the thief are insidious and catastrophic. We have to realize the stakes if we ever hope to wield weapons of warfare in a manner which brings any hope of victory. The game isn’t a game at all. It’s life and death.
Depression isn’t for the sake of sadness. Pornography isn’t for the sake of masturbation. Drugs aren’t for the sake of partying. These things are tools of an enemy seeking to kill, steal and destroy. Period.
The good news is great news. The second half of John 10:10 is the promise of Hope found in Jesus, who offers not just Life but Life in abundance. I capitalize to emphasize the eternal and Heavenly nature of the offering. Life with a capital “L” through Jesus is different that life in neutral just hanging on against a plan that is in place to kill us.
When we seek Him, we will find Him. He tells us in Jeremiah 29 that the seeking is with all of our heart. “All” means all. This is an all-in deal to walk in the Hope of victory and abundance that Jesus promises as an antidote to the poison meant to kill us. In this hope, we keep battling for ourselves and for others, finding the abundant life in Him through Him and through serving others.