One of my favorite things about following Jesus is this:Â There. Is. Always. More.
Let those words sink in for a moment.Â No matter where you are in your journey right now, these words are true.
But itâ€™s so easy to settle. Perhaps because weâ€™re satisfied far too easily.Â We find ourselves glazed over staring at a screen in our hand. Measuring our worth in â€œlikes.â€ Just doing the minimum. Checking off the boxes.
ThisÂ lyric in Derek Webbâ€™s song, Wedding Dress, captures it bluntly:
â€œI am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers so less wild
That I would take a little cash
Over your very flesh and bloodâ€
We seem to so easily trade the real for the artificial.Â This is the work of a thief determined to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10) fullness of life that has been offered by the author of life to each of us.
It seems that more times than not itâ€™s subtle. Vibrant faith gradually becoming jaded. Joy creeping toward cynicism. Passion devolving into boredom. “This is as good as it gets,” the enemy whispers.Â Slowly stealing life, killing hope, and erodingÂ confidence in the Father’s life-giving grace.
The thief enters by â€œsome other wayâ€ (John 10:1).Â His desire is to infiltrate.Â His hope is for the sheep to slowly begin to trust his voice. His determination is to lead the sheep astray â€“ away from the shepherd who knows them best and knows whatâ€™s best for them.
In response to the thief’s mission, Jesus announces his own. â€œI have come that they might have life, and have it to the fullâ€ (John 10:10).Â Not just any life and not just easy life. Fullness of life. Beautifully messy life that allows us to awaken each day with what author Mark Batterson calls â€œholy anticipation.â€
This is why Jesus describes himself with two metaphors in John 10. He is â€œgateâ€ and â€œshepherd.â€ Â Life through him. Life with him.
This is a gate that, when entered, awakens dreams that have slumbered.Â A shepherd who rekindles hopes that have smoldered. A Jesus who speaks life into the dead places of our lives. He is risen. And he is raising you. All of you. To life. To full life.Â Now. Forever.
He is a lover of you. Refuse to settle for any â€œlover less wild.â€Â Wake up. Rise up. Experience life the way He designed. Full. Free. And embracing thatâ€¦there is always more.