The purpose of God, the reason He left heaven and came down here through His Son Jesus, was for us as his children to becoming fully alive. Obviously part of that becoming fully alive involves the Cross, Resurrection and Ascension, but the primary reason Jesus came was not to forgive our sins. According to Him, he is most interested in us becoming fully alive. “ I have come that you may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
Before Jesus promised us life to the fullest, he warned us that a thief would try to steal, kill and destroy us. “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy” (John 10:10a) The goal of the enemy is to keep you and I from experiencing real life. He (the enemy) is also very determined to keep us from helping others experience this true life that Jesus so desperately wants his children to enjoy. So if we are going to have this life to the fullest in 2012, if we are going to get out of the daily grind of just surviving life, then we are going to have to fight for it.
As I think about this new year, my attention returns to the basics of a “life to the fullest” lifestyle that Jesus offers… (stay tuned)