The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. –John 10:10
I want to share something today that I learned over this past Easter break, and that I am still learning how to put into practice each day. I decided to stay back at school this year for Easter because I needed some time of renewal. There had been a lot of things going on in my mind and my heart that I needed to work through. I thought that maybe I could get ahead on finals. And I wanted to push a reset button in my head to get me back on track to finish out the rest of the year strong
Before the break, I came across a book called Falling for God by Gary Moon. The back of the book describes its message this way, “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest joys. So imagine the endless joy of falling head over heels for God.” I decided to check it out and over the break I began to read it.
One night, I came back to my dorm room and I opened up the first page and continued to read a few chapters. What followed was a series of tears as I was overwhelmed with the magnitude of the love that God has for us. It was exactly what I needed to set my heart and mind on as I thought about finishing out the end of this school year.
There was one quotation in the book that especially stuck out to me. It states,
“Life is composed of a few billion present moments and nothing more. We are sharing one now as you read this sentence. But now it is gone. Fear not, another present moment is on the horizon. The thief and the robber wants to steal life. The easiest way for him to do that is to use thoughts to keep a person tied to the future or to the past. But life happens in the present. It is stolen if we are not available to the here and now.”
Think about that for a minute, friends. That is powerful. So often we allow ourselves to get so caught up in the past, things that went wrong or experiences we aren’t ready to give up that we miss out on everything that God is doing in our lives in the here and now. Or we take the opposite approach. We become so worried about the future that we cannot even enjoy, much less live in the present. We miss out on the life he has to offer us because we aren’t really living.
Read the verse above. Gary Moon referenced this verse in the quotation you read just a little bit earlier. The thief and robber will only steal, kill and destroy. But look at what Jesus offers. He gives us life. But it is not just a mundane existence. It is a life that is meant to be lived in the here and now. A life that is meant to be lived to the full.
So here’s my question to you today. Questions that arose for me when I was reading this book over Easter. Where are you living? Are you living in the past, so caught up in memories or regret that you can’t even see what God is doing in you day by day? Or are you so concerned or excited for the future, that here and now doesn’t even seem to matter? We cannot experience life to the fullest if we are not really living in the first place.
There is another passage of scripture that I believe ties in with this beautifully. It reads,
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39
When we allow the little things or the big things to get in the way of living in the here and now, we miss out on the life that God has to offer us. A life that is offered to us because of the love that He has for us.
Read that verse above again. What is keeping you from experiencing living life to the fullest? What are you allowing to influence your heart and mind to try to separate you from knowing the love of Jesus? Don’t let the little things of this world stop you from experiencing the incredible love of Jesus Christ day to day.
I hope that the words in that quotation are as powerful to you today as they were to me.
I encourage you to take whatever things your holding on to be they in the past or the future and let them go.
I think you’ll be surprised at how freeing it can really be.