Is it just me, or do you feel like you’re surrounded by loss? Does your phone ring daily, or at least weekly, with news of another death, another diagnosis, another hardship?
Maybe it was the pandemic that started it, or perhaps it’s the reality that many others my age have suffered the loss of their parents or are now dealing with their own medical issues. Regardless, this repetitive news of loss and hardship dares me to reflect and ask the question, “Am I living my life to its fullest?”
Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Living life to its fullest means living my life in Christ, and He promises us abundant life. He truly desires more for us than we can imagine. But Jesus also makes it clear that Satan will never stop trying to steal, kill, and destroy this promised life of abundance.
How does he do this? Satan whispers in our ear that living in comfort leads to immense joy. I’ve experienced some desperate and difficult situations, yet when I look in my rearview mirror, I find that it’s in those uncomfortable situations that I have experienced the extraordinary joy of growing closer to Christ.
Satan also flaunts our plans for the future before us, taunting us to pursue them at all costs, persuading us that it’s the only way to happiness. But God’s Word teaches otherwise, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).
Just as he uses our comfort and our plans to lead us away from Christ, Satan will use every effort to convince us that earthly desires bring joy and security. He attempts to persuade us that our security is found in our careers, our finances, and our popularity, while also encouraging us we’ll find happiness when we gratify the desires of our flesh and minds.
These are Satan’s strategies to erect barriers against the life promised by Christ. A life lived fully. A life lived abundantly in Christ.
My phone rings one more time—news of another loss. Friends, it would be so easy to throw in the towel and simply give in. That’s what Satan wants me to do. Instead, each loss motivates me to dig my heels in against him and pursue a life lived to its fullest by growing stronger in Jesus Christ, my Savior. He is the only One Who can fulfill His promise of an abundant life.