Reading the Word
John 10:7–10 (ESV)
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Understanding and Applying the Word
There are many ways to live our lives. Everywhere we go and every place we turn, we can find different ideas about what life is about and how we can get the most out of life. So who should we listen to?
Why not listen to the one who is best equipped to tell us? Jesus is the one who created all things (John 1:3). As the Creator, he knows exactly how we should live to get the most out of life. He tells us that all others are simply thieves who steal life from us. He is the one who gives abundant life. Abundance does not mean material wealth, but a life filled with what is most important. A life that pleases God and is not wasted on meaningless things.
Christmas is a time for us to think about our lives. Whose voice are we following? Are we following the voices that would steal from us or are we following the one voice that gives us life in abundance?
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