THURSDAY, APRIL 1
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture. (v. 9)
John 10:9 (NASB)
THROUGH JESUS, THE DOOR, I ENTER SOUL SATISFACTION
I’Ching Thomas tells about observing some sheep. He writes: “A few years ago, while traveling across to Europe in a ferry, we found our bus parked next to a truck. It was loaded with sheep. There must have been at least a hundred sheep crammed into that vehicle, all on their way to the slaughterhouse. As I observed the animals, they were behaving rather amusingly — some were sticking out their noses sniffing away, while others were trying to peek out curiously as they experienced the new smells, sights, and sounds that were quite different from their usual farmstead. Little did they know they were on their way to be butchered!” He goes on to make an application: “While we might laugh at the silliness of the sheep, it is also a vivid illustration of our human state. On a daily basis, we are offered joyrides that promise pleasure and adventure, opportunities that seem to realize our ambition for recognition, power, material wealth, intimacy, and even meaning. At every turn, we are led by advertisers to believe that their products or services can satiate our thirst for excitement and thrill. Unknowingly, we accept invitations for rides which take us on roads that could result in our slow spiritual deaths. Sadly, we are not often aware of the looming danger as we are too preoccupied taking in the new experience and novelty. By the time we arrive at the slaughterhouse, it would be too late for us to escape our end.”
Cole reminded us in the sermon, Jesus promised to satisfy the deepest needs of our soul when He promised we would “find pasture” through Him. This message was further explained when Jesus promised to be the door to “abundant life.” The word “abundant” means to have a surplus, superabundance, or “till it overflows.” Pastor Charles Spurgeon said, “We should have such an abundant life that our circumstances should not be able to overcome us, such abundant life that in poverty we are rich, in sickness we are in spiritual health, in contempt we are full of triumph, and in death full of glory!”
Jesus said in Matthew 7:11, “If you…know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him?” In what ways has God given you good gifts? Are there gifts you would like that you have not asked Him for?
Praise God for satisfying your soul. Thank God for being a good Father.