At the beginning of John’s gospel, we read these inspired words concerning Jesus:
“In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (Jn 1:4,5 NIV)
Later Jesus himself taught: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jn 10:10 NIV)
My prayer is that we each grasp the truth of the Good News about Jesus Christ, rather than letting the darkness consume our hearts and ruin our future. Scripture constantly reveals that the normal state for a human heart is to be hostile to God. Yet I also read in scripture that the created state of the human heart, is to be locked in to the beat of God’s heart. In our normal state we won’t fall into sync with God, because we want to do our own thing. Only Jesus can hit the “reset button” for us because of the cross. Only Jesus can tune humans into God’s heart beat.
This is the definition of life to the full. The full life promised to believers is that when we cast all of our cares and build our future upon Jesus, he then has the freedom to help us to endure, to thrive, to understand and to yes, even be thankful for life and its challenges, even through tears. He is truly the light of “men”, whose love and discipline keeps us from being doomed to stumbling and falling in dark places.
Jesus is utterly committed to give his people life to the full, let us only seek to match his devotion to the task.
Ps. Dav Ross