The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)
Not one day of my life has been the same. What are you taking about? Your life has never been the same as what? Not one day of my life has been the same since the day that I came to know you as my Savior and Lord. I’d like to hear more about this from you. My life was a complete and total mess before I gave my life to you. I was bruised and battered and broken. I was discouraged and depressed. It seem like my life was one long stream of disastrous misadventures. If something could go wrong, it did. If I could experience any more pain or suffering or loss, I did. I don’t know how I could have felt more hopeless. I may be exaggerating. Maybe, I am being melodramatic? No, I don’t think so. I agree with you, your life was a mess. So, would you also say that I had reached rock bottom? Yes, your life was at rock bottom, on that we have agreement. That was a very good place for you to be. Why do you say that? It didn’t feel like a good place to me. I would like to ask you a couple of questions to help you to answer your own question. I’m listening. Would you have cried out to me if your life had not reached rock bottom? Would you have asked for my help? Would you have been willing to turn your life over to me? Would you have told me that you wanted to follow me as your Savior and Lord? Certainly not, I was a strong willed and independent person. I thought I didn’t need or want anything from anyone, including you. I wanted to live my life, my way, all by myself. No one could tell me anything. I was absolutely full of myself. Being at rock bottom stripped me of my prideful independence. Being at rock bottom caused me to cry out to you to ask for your help. Being at rock bottom showed me that I wanted more and something else. I now know I wanted you. I wanted to know and love and follow and serve you. I wanted to live my life with and for you. So, being at rock bottom was a good place for you to be after all? Yes, it was a very good place to for me to be.
So now, I am thankful beyond measure. You have given me a completely new life to live. You have helped me to come to love you with all my heart and mind and strength. You have given me a passionate desire to know and do your will. You have made it my joy to walk with you through life. You are the focus of my life. You are at the center of all that I think and say and do. That is why I can confidently say that my life has never been the same since you became my Savior and Lord. That is very good. Yes, it is unimaginably good. You have given me an abundant life to live with and for you. Yes, I have. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for giving me fullness of life. You have forgiven me and freed me from my old life. You have accepted and adopted me into your family. You have filled my life with hope and meaning and purpose. You have given me a bright future now and forever. Amen
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