“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT
In this parable we see the wisdom of Jesus Christ and the truth of his will. As it says in the Bible, “I [Jesus], did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the Prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matt 5:17
When I read this passage I was skeptical, because of how Jesus would give a rich and satisfying life to a thief? A thief that would steal or destroy people’s happiness in the pursuit of wealth. However, it would not be until I took away the word “thief” and replaced it with the word “sinner” that God’s wisdom and truth was revealed to me.
I was so fixated on the word “thief” and its purpose that I forgot Jesus’ purpose and his profession: to give us all a rich and satisfying life. The thief does not make us better or more perfect; therefore we cannot assume that we will receive more blessings from The Lord than the thief. It was not until I took away “thief” and replaced it with “sinner” that I had to pluck my own eye out.
The thief and the sinner are entirely different in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God they are the same.
This week let this parable serve as a reminder of Jesus’ purpose: to give all of us a rich and satisfying life. Remember that thief does not make you more perfect, in the eyes of God. Do not fixate on the word “thief” and forget God’s teaching or Jesus’ purpose in this life of ours.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Teaching About Vows (princesdailyjournal.com)