The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
We've had it all wrong. We in our human ignorance have overlooked it, buried it, hidden it beneath layers of other things. Oh, we've read it, but somehow the power of it went in one ear and out the other.
But the Savior of the world spoke it Himself. It's right there in black and white. A contrast of two sides - light and darkness, good and evil, life and destruction.
I AM COME TO GIVE LIFE.
You don't seriously believe that though because you've settled for less. You put up with illness because it was "a test from God." (Jas 1:13) You allowed poverty and lack to seep in the cracks of the doors and steal the very bread off the table you should be feeding your children. After all, this might be where God has you right now.
But where in that is any room for LIFE? Where in the midst of nothingness and sorrow have you sided with God and partaken of the life He's holding out for you? It's right here. He's saying, "Take it, Suzanne. Don't allow the thief to pillage and burn the blessing my Son died to give."
The blessing of LIFE.
Not just plain ole life, boring life, mundane life either. No, this is life in ABUNDANCE. Life in its fullest extent. Life where you have so much of it you can give it away without batting and eye.
"Here, take some because I don't know what to do with it all."
Barns of plenty. Tables overflowing while your enemies look on. All set in a valley of green grass and peaceful pastures with enough water flowing to feed a million cattle or more. That kind of life. (Ps 23:1-2;Pr 3:10)
God placed in my heart a story, a tale about a girl so full of light that darkness could not touch her. Light to an extent it flowed from her fingers into the lives of others. Overpowering light. Overwhelming light. Light in its purest form. But light that only comes to her because every morning she communes with the Creator, drawing in the light so that no matter where she goes that day she has more than enough.
Crazy. And yet powerful. Because He promised us the same. God's supreme light, His abundance of life, His exceedingness so intense that people notice. We are obvious, distinct, and Christ in us is palpable. All the dross burnt up, all the impurities melted away, walking around in the midst of the fire completely consumed by Him.
Consumed and devoured by LIFE never doubting which side we're on. There's no more, "Maybe this little bit is what God has for me." But, "Look at what God has for me! Here, you take some, it's more than I can contain."
Fire of God consume our souls no matter where we are or where we go.
Fire of God consume our souls tonight.
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.