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. (John 10:10 KJV)
I love mission statements. They tell me what an organisation is all about in a few words. This helps to cut to the chase and to assess if what the organisation does or promises to do is in line with its raison d’être. It’s good to know what it is you will end up with at the end of the day.
So let’s cut to the chase. Let’s get down to business. There are always two opposing sides to every story. You cannot support both side. You have to choose which team you support.
The teams may have different advertising gimmicks. Some put forward the promise of enjoyment after the toil. Some put forward enjoyment now and toil later. Some donot even mention the toil but any discerning person will know that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
So let’s look at two specific mission statements as indicated by the biblical quote above:
‘The thief commeth not but to steal, kill and destroy…’. In other words, no matter what the thief promises you, no matter how alluring, he ultimately has one purpose, to steal from you, to kill you and to destroy you.
‘But I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly….’ In other words, I may not put forward tantalising images to captivate you but if you are willing to choose me, in the end you will have life, not death.
It seems quite clear. Postpone your enjoyment briefly, do the work that needs to be done and in the end you have everlasting life. Enjoyment without end.
Do not postpone your enjoyment, borrow against what you do not have. Give me your birthright, and I will give you immediate pleasure but in the end, I will have stolen your chance of everlasting life from you, you will be destined for death and total destruction.
That is what is at stake. When you think of God, donot do passive thinking. Do not consider him as you will a choice of food, or clothing or any other light matter. When you think of God, and making a decision to accept or not to accept his redemption plan in the person of Jesus Christ, realise that you are making an active choice between two mission statements
Thief, steal, kill, destroy
Life, everlasting, abundant.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15 KJV)
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 KJV)
Enough Said !!!