Life to the Full
Read John 10:7–16
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.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
- What do you know about Jesus based on the words of His that John records in today’s passage? (Consider why He uses the metaphor of sheep and their shepherd).
- What do you think Jesus means by life to the full? What would characterize life to the full?
- What are the habits or hang-ups you have that steal your joy and rob you of experiencing life to the full?
Father, thank You for the life Jesus brings to the world and to me personally. Help me lean into life to the full. So many things in this world look like freedom and fullness, but offer only empty promises. When I am tempted to turn to things or relationships to fulfill me, pull me back to You. May I find my life—life to the full—in Christ alone. Amen.
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