You A Liar and the Truth Ain’t In Ya!
John 10 (NIV)The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
KING JAMES VERSION: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
In order to truly unpack this scripture, the one that is the root of our 2018 theme, we have to be willing to unpack the parts of it in order to arrive at the whole or entire intention of it.
My Momma used to say this QUOTE when she busted one of us in a lie and we tried to lie our way out of the lie. When you get caught up in lies, it becomes layers and layers that need unraveling in order to get to the truth.
THE LIAR: Anyone who didn’t come directly at you to get to you used some manner of untruth to try to manipulate you.
THE LIES: After you’ve been introduced to a false version of yourself, the trick of the liar is to plant seeds within you so that everything you attempt to do is covered and colored by the vision you have of yourself and anything that seems to have the intention to destroy YOU and not something ABOUT you is not from God.
THE LYING: That’s where the work really has to be done because if you don’t do the work of hearing what The Christ said to you, you will use your own mouth and your own mind as a weapon against you. You will believe and misperceive things that come at you as a measure of God, trying to work out your soul’s salvation. AS MY MOMMA USED TO SAY “YOU BETTA UNTELL THAT LIE!”
Truly, I tell you, in order to really get to the intention of what Christ says in this parable, we’ve got to deal with the most powerful word in this Word: LIFE!
What is LIFE? What is the meaning of LIFE? Einstein once said: “What is the meaning of human life, or, for that matter, of the life of any creature? To know an answer to this question means to be religious. You ask: Does it many any sense, then, to pose this question? I answer: The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life,” wrote Einstein.
But you MUST be willing to determine what YOU believe LIFE to be because, what for it, that’s what you are believing for yourself…in abundance!
If you believe the Word of God and that spoken through Christ, I CAME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY is either a fantasy or a threat! But what if it is neither; what if it is a promise to be FULFILLED!
This is one of those moments where you must wrestle with what you believe to be LIFE and what you believe it means to BE ALIVE! Being alive is simply a state of undead. You can be healthy and whole or on life support, but technically both people are ALIVE! But to have LIFE means this: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
What is YOUR LIFE? What are your hopes and desires? What do you want? Why are you here? Not WHAT HAVE YOU ENDURED but rather WHAT ARE YOU STILL PREPARED TO DO AFTER ALL YOU’VE ENDURED?
That’s what the thief has come to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY? Your dreams and your desires and your possibilities for yourself! BUT I AM COME, I’VE COME, I GAVE MY LIFE THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE MORE OF IT, MORE CONSISTENTLY!
You are fighting with people and pasts and things and thoughts and God wants you to GET YOUR LIFE!
Do you know what it is that you want? Do you know what you are here to do? If so, DO IT! GO GET IT! If not, SEARCH TILL YOU FIND IT! Either way–GET YOUR LIFE!
CAPACITY FOR GROWTH: perhaps physical alone but what if not;
REPRODUCTION: perhaps in our humanness, we think children, but think seeds, leaves and starfish
FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITY: The ability to do things and
CONTINUAL CHANGE BEFORE DEATH (grace, mercy and forgiveness)!
GET YOUR LIFE, and then get it more abundantly! GET…YOUR…LIFE, not somebody else’s and then GET MORE OF IT!