Abundant Life --- By: Joe Frankliln
“A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10: 10 HCSB.
One winter night I was out checking the greenhouse facilities on our farm years ago. Suddenly I heard a noise like a door slamming. I stopped in my tracks preparing myself for what might be ahead. Could it be that a door had been left open or could it be someone with evil intent? I stepped forward cautiously and just as I turned the corner a door swung toward me. I was able to avoid a collision with the drink machine door. My first thought was someone has broken into it to steal the money. Closer examination revealed the machine had been left unlocked. I then clearly recalled seeing an employee filling it earlier that day. They forgot to lock it and the wind took advantage of the situation.
It was overwhelming to think a thief was on the premises and the potential for harm was real. We live in a day where thieves and evil acts are rampant. Jesus speaks of the intent of the thief (the devil), to steal, kill, and destroy and contrasts that with what He offers His followers life, abundant life. This verse has tremendous meaning and application to the work place. A simple analogy that my Pastor often makes is helpful; we either live in one of two economies as we go through life. The devil’s economy is one where there is stealing, killing, and destruction. God’s economy on the other hand is one where grace abounds, life is seen as precious, and others needs are put before ours. It is a beautiful thing to see it lived out and it is abundant living. Now think about your work place and the activities that are prevalent. Do things like gossip, resentment, dishonesty, laziness, and lack of concern or respect for others prevail? These habits are all about stealing, killing, and destroying. You may not be the initiator of any of the poor habits you see displayed in the work place, but if you know it is there and tolerate it you are contributing to it. You can stand with grace and mercy and confront people about their behavior. You can by faith ask the Lord to bring about a change and use you in the process. You can live the abundant life before the very eyes of those who are stealing, killing, and destroying. An abundant life is a Spirit filled life overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). What a contrast of economies. When we really live in God’s economy it will be useful to draw others to the abundant life that He offers. There will still be uncertainties before us, but always confidence to move forward. That night on the farm I had a very good flashlight and quickly able to see the truth of the situation. Make the most of your work place for God’s glory today by living abundantly and letting your light shine before men. (Matthew 5:16)