Is it possible?
Some of you may know that I have been working on my first book, and one of the (possible) themes of this book is the the “full life” that Jesus promises us in John 10.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
My question to you is this: Do you think that the “good life” or “the American dream” prevents/limits us from experiencing the full life that Jesus speaks of? Now, I am not talking about the camel through the eye of the needle, money loving/grubbing person, either. I am talking about (you and I) the general, middle class, average American, and our pursuit of comfort, safety and entertainment. (especially in plain sight of so many who have so little) Is it at all possible to live in this culture and experience the “full” life that Jesus is talking about? I feel like this may be one of the reason that Churches seem less authentic with a new generation. We say that Jesus offers a “new life” and the “full life”, but the church, in many respects, seems to suffer from the same condition as the world. Do we look any different? Is this the “full life” Jesus was talking about?
What do you think? your (constructive) comments, scripture references and thoughts are welcome!