S (Scripture): John 10:9 [Jesus said:] “I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”
O (Observation): Jesus lifts up the motivation behind his own actions. He wants to give abundant life to all who come to him. This abundance is in sharp contrast to thieves who promise life, but are here only to steal and kill and destroy.
Jesus teaches that a life in Christ is about acknowledging the abundance of grace and life that he can provide. I think the “thieves” worry that only so much goodness exists. Jesus teaches that goodness begets goodness.
A (Application): We like to look at life as a zero-sum game. Happiness on one side a mathematical equation must mean less happiness on the other side of the equation. Otherwise, things won’t balance out. Those who wish to steal goodness away from others are motivated by this zero-sum game.
Yet Jesus shows us that God’s economy doesn’t work on this kind of balance. Instead, think of a candle and a flame. To light one candle from another candle’s flame doesn’t diminish the flame of the first candle, does it? No, indeed! Now, instead of one flame…we have two! And both are vividly burning bright. And neither flame is diminished.
Strange, isn’t it, then, that some don’t see love and mercy this way? Instead, we are motivated to lessen someone else’s joy…that we don’t want their joy to diminish our own.
Jesus is the door for me. He leads me to see life as an abundant treasure. And I invite you to see life in Christ in this way, too!
P (Prayer): Lord, your grace and goodness flow freely. Help us all to see this truth. Amen.