Have Come that You May Have Life
and Have It More Abundantly!
have come that they may have life, and that they may have
it more abundantly." (1)
is sharing His purpose and His relationship with those that
He came "to seek and to save". (2)
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His
life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd,
one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves
the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters
them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does
not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know
My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me,
even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the
sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold;
them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there
will be one flock and one shepherd." (3)
talked about the good shepherd previously in this lesson series
(part 1, part 2).
However, what are some of the values that the good shepherd
shares with us that give us this more abundant life?
start with love. "For God loved
the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might be saved."
(4) Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to lay down
His life for us. (3)
the hireling, he who is not the shepherd, who does not own
the sheep, he abandons the sheep when he sees trouble coming.
The sheep without the Good Shepherd are caught, killed and
scattered. The Good Shepherd encourages the sheep and invites
them to "Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke
is easy and My burden is light." (5)
else does the Good Shepherd offer that provides for more abundant
living? How about joy, peace, kindness, wisdom, understanding,
gentleness, self-control, faithfulness and a host of other
positive values; "against such there is no law."
of mine once said, "If the Lord gives a man or woman
a job to do, He gives him or her the ability to do it. If
they perform it faithfully, they are blessed for doing it.
What more can you ask?"
the Good Shepherd fulfills our lives in ways that we cannot
imagine. Reflecting back on seventy plus years, it has been
my experience that when I was totally yielded to God (to the
best of my understanding), He fulfilled the desires of my
heart. My life's ambitions and goals were fulfilled by my
mid thirties. From then on He did some things for me beyond
anything I could ever have imagined. When I became unfaithful
to Him in my life and experience, my life became greatly restricted,
much like the experience of ancient Israel.
in awe at the power, the love, the protection, the discipline
and experience that our Creator shares with us. I truly believe
that all things do "work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
(7) His discipline in our lives leads us to understand more
fully His love, compassion and desire for us to remain in
harmony and relationship with Him. In this relationship, His
promises are fulfilled to us and in us.
love, joy, peace, hope, health, healing, and so much more
that our Good Shepherd has to share with us be with you now
and forever. Amen.
2. Luke 19:10.
3. John 10:11-16.
4. John 3:16, 17.
5. Matthew 11:29, 30.
6. Galatians 5:23.
7. Romans 8:28.