“The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).
In the fly leaf of my “purse” Bible, I often jot down quotes and thought-provoking ideas I hear in church. This morning I noticed one I had written a few years ago: “Satan is not out to give you a bad day, he wants to destroy your life.”
The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. Death and darkness! Christ’s purpose is to give live in all its fullness. Life and light. Complete opposites.
Marvin and I were youth directors in our church for many years. One year we experienced a phenomenal revival and spiritual awakening — not only in our church youth group, but also in many others in our district. Three young adults, who were drug pushers, attended the youth meetings every Monday evening. One evening, all three of these young men gave the control of their lives to Christ. We were so happy and so were they.
That night we were in bed, almost asleep, when the phone rang. It was one of the three young men. The Holy Spirit had filled them with great boldness. “We were just at the pool hall and were witnessing to the guys in there,” he said. With the Bible on the pool table, they had pointed to the road and said, “See the road out there? Cars are going east or west. There is no middle road. You all have to decide whether you want to go to heaven or hell. There is no in between.”
Heaven or hell. Darkness or Light. Death or Life. I encourage you to choose Christ and life, eternal life in heaven — light. Today!
If you have not yet consciously made the commitment to follow Christ, do it today. Don’t put it off.
Lord, You are the Father of Life and Light. The enemy is the father of lies and darkness. Father, we choose You and Life. We reject Satan and his lies and darkness. Amen.