Don’t live in the past or dread the future. Look to Jesus and Live Today!
Pretty simple advice and yet full of complete truth. Jesus told us in John 10 about his role as our shepherd. He explained that he is the door and that anyone who enters by HIM will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. What a wonderful thought. A shepherd would try to find a place in the rocks that he could put his flock at night to keep them safe. The ideal place would only have one way in and one way out. Then the shepherd would stay in this spot, effectively becoming the door, so that anything that came in or out would have to come by him. This way he could provide safety, rest, and food for his flock. All this could happen under the shepherd’s watchful eye. In verse 10 Jesus added my favorite part, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
If we are not careful, we live our lives in the past, constantly going over the mistakes, the bad decisions, the sins that we wish we had never committed. This keeps us from being what God wants us to be and doing what God wants us to do. Then there are others who are constantly worried about the future. We worry about our health, money, family, and whatever else we can come up with to worry about. This also keeps us from living our life the way God wants us to.
That’s why I tried to come up with a tag line that quickly and efficiently expressed this part of scripture. Whenever we live in the past or dread the future, it chokes the life out of us. We can’t enjoy life today because of yesterday or tomorrow. To be sure, my past is littered with lots of things that I have messed up and I wish I could correct. My future is full of uncertainty. I have no promise of tomorrow or of the problems or the joys that tomorrow may bring.
But I have Jesus.
Today is July 4th and we celebrate our independence today. I am extremely thankful for all the people who have served our country and made it possible for us to be able to celebrate our freedom. To live in America is a huge blessing and I realize that freedom was not and never will be free. It will always cost someone something. So today I say thanks to every service man or woman who helped make me and my country free.
But I can’t think about freedom without thinking about this abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Living with Jesus I am free to live as God intended me to live. No longer am I held back by past problems or mistakes or my future worries as well. To me that is the abundant life that Jesus was talking about in verse 10. He came that I might have life and have it in abundance. I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July and a very abundant life.