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Full Lives

Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. … whoever enters through me will be saved. He 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 the full.” John 10:7,9-10

Knowing Jesus means having a full life, certainly. If, we take advantage of the opportunity. In my life I see having Jesus as finally having love – being truly loved for who I am, and being able to love others through Him. To think of all the opportunities we each have every day to show our love – to show Jesus’ love. Personally, I can think of many opportunities I have to reach out to people in Jesus’ name. Most of those chances are blown away with the wind as I’m contemplating whether I should take the chance or not. This verse reminds me that I shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to someone. It just might make this life that much fuller.

I’m reminded of my brother-in-law Fred, who seems never to miss such an opportunity. He, his wife Charif, my husband, and I traveled to Costa Rica together a few years ago on a “double honeymoon”. We stayed in a small town on the Caribbean Coast for a week in a house we rented right on the beach. The people we met were so lively, and friendly, and helpful. Fred wanted to give something back to those who had helped us have such a unique and awesome trip, so he invited everyone over for a party. We served spaghetti, and laughed, and talked… But first, Fred prayed for the meal and for our fellowship together. Being newly saved, I remember this making a huge impact on me. Even though some (probably most) of the people at the party that night had little if any knowledge of, let alone faith in, Jesus, Fred was willing to share Him with the group.

Today, I am encouraged to experience the fullness that Christ gives us, and take that chance to reach out in His name.

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