Together Towards Life

Every human being on earth live with a dream to pursue a successful life of what is called “the good life” which usually means to lead a comfortable life, to own a  house, a car and be financially well settled. While many of us might have achieved that goal of living a good life yet most of us might have missed the abundant life that is promised to us all by our Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the abundant life? 

The abundance in life that Jesus promised has nothing to do with treasuring more wealth and riches of the world. It means being right with God through faith in Christ and having the hope of eternity spent in His presence. The apostle Paul wasn’t rich in this world’s goods, but he enjoyed the abundant life that Christ offers. He was content with just food and covering (1 Tim. 6:8), but he was rich toward God (Luke 12:21; Eph. 2:7). He gained those riches by coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:8).

Reflection from the Gospel of John 10:10.
Therefore Jesus said again,“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full.”

A thief may be someone who rarely comes for stealing. The main motive of a thief would be either to kill, injure, destroy and steal. In our Christian lives, we are often visited by these thieves in our daily encounter. It can be in the form of rumours, false teachings, wrong prophecies, doctrinal issues, hatred, jealousy, communal violence, killings, harming the ecology, greed etc. A cancerous growth in the form of destroying our healthy relationship with God is taking place every now and then within our family, community and nature at an alarming rate. Coming to our North East India context, the slogan of the rise of so called thieves are daily life adventures. In the name of fighting for their state different forms of taxation has been levied by various insurgent groups leaving the public in hue and cry over their daily economy. Governmental step up offices and officials are not far behind them in the form of bribery in lieu of getting white collar jobs. Suicides cases have been on the rise among families in this region. Flow of black business markets are flooding daily. In the churches too, the viruses has entered and people are plagued by dirty church politics for fame and gain. Instead of building a community centered in Christ, Churches in North East India are having a competitive spirit among themselves as to who build on the largest and biggest building. At present days, most Churches but not all are more concerned about the buildings rather than helping the poor and the needy souls. Revivals among the members are slowly losing its ground. Misuse of Gods money and property can be seen in our present form. Thieves have slowly entered into our homes, our Churches and our communities. Amidst the invasion of thieves among us there is still Hope of eternal life, the one who came 2000 years ago when people were dwelling in darkness and is still present to give us that eternal life.

Christ came into this world in the form of human nature so that we will have eternal life and protect us from all kinds of thieves. As Jesus tells the woman from Samaria (verse found in John 4:14) “whoever drinks of this water that I shall give will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” In spite of this world filled with evil, God offers us a ray of hope that will give us eternal life. Even though we were sinners yet God send His only begotten son into this world to save us and give us eternal life to those who believe in Him and would cling onto Him till the end. Christ like character needs to replace in our hearts, family, Church, community and even to the nature. Our unchanging God has promised that His loving mercy endures forever (Psalms 136). Though we are surrounded by evil, we can trust God because His mercy will never fail. In a temporary world, God’s mercy gives us an abundant life in Him. Jesus is our gate keeper from all kinds of thieves and whoever enters through His gate will be saved and secured in His arms. Abundant Life which Jesus came to give is a life filled with joy, happiness, peace and love. It includes all aspects of life and the resources for living this life are sufficient for all peoples on this earth. This is the kind of life to which Christ has called us to live.

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