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After the fall of man, every human born was born with the natural bent to sin. His very nature had been changed by the first family’s sin. God’s intimate garden relationship with people was broken.
Fast forward thousands of years. With the birth of Jesus, God’s plan for restoration of our relationship with Him was almost complete.
Jesus showed people what it was like to live a life in relationship with God. He revealed a loving Father who cared about every detail of our lives. A Father who loved His creation unconditionally.
Throughout Jesus’ life He made some pretty outrageous promises. One of those promises is the basis for this blog.
- Read John 10:1-18.
- Make a list of what it says about the Shepherd.
- Make a list of what it says about the sheep.
- Make a list of what it says about the thief.
John 10:10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they (that’s you and me!) may have life and have it abundantly.
This is right in the middle of Jesus’ explanation of one facet of our relationship with Him. The relationship of shepherd and sheep.
He describes the life He offers the sheep.
Sheep have such a close relationship with Him that they recognize His voice easily.
The Shepherd knows each sheep by name.
The Shepherd leads His sheep.
He protects the sheep.
He sacrifices everything for the sheep.
He gives them an abundant life.
With Jesus’ death and resurrection, God set us up for a life of abundance.
Jesus defeated the enemy so that we could walk in victory. He gave up His life so that we could experience all that God has for us on earth and in heaven.
This abundant life is available to every single person on the earth. It is freely given. It is up to each one of us whether or not we receive it.
I want everything that God has for me. Sometimes the pasture He leads me to isn’t one I would choose on my own. But my trust of Him – my knowing that He has a plan and purpose for it – allows me to live an abundant life with Him through it all.
- In your journal, write about the moment you surrendered your life to the leading of the Shepherd.
If you haven’t had that moment, what are you waiting for?
God’s desire is to have a relationship with you. Right here. Right now. While you are still on the earth. Our sin nature results in a separation from God, both on earth and for eternity. But we don’t have to accept that separation! And we can’t earn the right to a relationship with God. If we could, Jesus wouldn’t have had to suffer death on a cross.
Salvation comes – not by a formulaic prayer – but by recognizing and admitting our need for a Savior and receiving what He offers. By believing in His name we are saved. Saved from an eternity in hell and saved to an abundant life here on earth.
I want to encourage you to talk to God in your own words and grab hold of this gift. You will never regret it and it will change your life forever!