John 10:10 was one of the first verses I ever tucked away in my heart. I had a buddy, when I was college, who would use “John 10:10” as an adjective. If he ate a scrumptious piece of pie he would say, as his eyes rolled back in his head and he pointed like Uncle Sam on the poster, “Now that is John 10:10 baby!” If he had an amazing experience he would classify it as a “John 10:10 moment!” Anything that was over-the-top, amazingly unbelievable, was described by my friend by the phrase “John 10:10.”
My friend’s use of the phrase made a deep impression on me. So deep that I remember it many years later and use “John 10:10” in the same way to this day. Jesus came to give us life, life spilling over, life that is full to the brim and then overflowing. That is the life that Jesus came to bring to us and yet, for many people, they see Jesus as restricting life, robbing us of the “fun” that we want to have in this life, and confining us to a boring existence. I use to share this same mentality before I actually came to know Jesus.
I use to listen to Christians talk about going to Bible study and church and I thought, “You must live the most boring life on the planet.” I listened to Christians talk about folks like me, point out my sinful behavior, and concluded that they were missing out on all of the fun. The truth of the matter is that many of those things that I considered “fun” back in the day had consequences attached to them that weren’t fun at all. The Bible pulls no punches, it teaches that there is “pleasure in sin for a season.” The season quickly changes and what was exciting and fun turns into something far from fun. The reckless life leads to a train wreck of a life.
I’ve come to know the fullness of life that Jesus came to bring for me and all of those who will trust in Him. “Boring” would not be a word I would use to describe the life that comes from following Jesus. I’m grateful for the abundant grace, mercy, and love that I’ve experienced in Christ. I’m grateful for the abundant friendships that have come my way in Christ. I’m grateful for the abundant hope that I’ve experienced in Christ. An abundance of blessings–spiritually, relationally, experientially, and psychologically have come, and continue to come my way, and for that I am filled to overflowing with gratitude.