“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The thief comes to steal the flock, it comes to destroy. Who is the thief? Anyone who doesn’t come in through Christ, through the gate. Satan has the sweet Siren Song of the world, luring us to destruction by getting us to be ourselves. A little bit here, a little bit there, like the effects of compound interest we walk further and further away from The Shepherd.
The Word is true as it is. It’s doesn’t need embellishment or additions. It’s the sweetest song. The Word is it’s entirety, front to back, failure and success, good and bad. It’s a window into who we are, even in God’s presence. It’s a window into why we need a shepherd. It’s unadulterated reality.
We are who we are. Christ is who he is. “You’re a good, good Father, it’s who you are”. He is our shepherd. Verse 16 says “I have other sheep that are not if this sheep pen. I must bring them in also. They to will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock, and one shepherd.”
Be true to The Word in its entirety. Follow the shepherd, follow the true word and don’t be deceived. Be near Him. Gather others to the flock at His bidding.
The thief is always there looking for an opportunity, but we can choose to keep it at bay by hanging close to The Shepherd.