A Word of Welcome from
Dr. Mark L. Bailey - WEC 2013
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
In the context of John 10:10, Jesus is not describing life and abundant life in terms of “here is life and here is a super-life.” It is not life in its abundance opposed to life without abundance. It’s the very definition of spiritual life itself! Life in Christ is life from the Spirit as emphasized throughout John’s Gospel. Eternal life is the abundant experience. You don’t have life without Christ, but you have an abundant life with Christ.
Out of the abundant life which Christ gave to us, we are to take this life to others for His sake. This is the heart of missions – to devote our lives to sharing the news of the abundant life available through Christ. Having been satisfied with the drink of life ourselves, God intends us to be a fountain-head of witness to bring the living water to others (John 7: 37-38). May the Lord use this week to align our lives with His mission to reach the world with the gospel of Christ.