10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 (NLT)
The above verse answers the question on Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth. Jesus did not come for vacation. He came with a fixed purpose and his purpose is to give his sheep a rich and satisfying life. If we are to read in the full context of the passage that contains this verse, we can see that Jesus was talking about sheep and shepherds. We are the equivalent of sheep in his analogy. Jesus called himself our true shepherd and we are his sheep. We know his voice. When we hear him, we will go to him.
At this point, the question many will ask is, what does his voice sounds like? How am I going to tell which voice is from Jesus and which voice is from the devil? The truth is the Bible does not contain any recording on how Jesus voice sounds like. Even if it does, I am sure someone can imitate it. The context shows that Jesus’ voice is not about the sounds of it but rather its content. We can recognize Jesus’ voice from its contents and not from the voice prints.
So, what contents must we look for in order to recognize Jesus voice? The above verse tells us the answer. This verse tells us the different purpose between the thief and Jesus. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus’ purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life. Any voice that causes stealing, killing and destruction comes from the devil.
If you hear voices telling you that sometimes God wants you to be sick and poor to show you his “sufficient grace”, you can be sure that this voice is from the thief. Why is that so? Poverty and sickness are the results of stealing, killing and destruction. They are the voices of the thief. So, if you believe God can make people poor and sick, you are basically obeying the voice of the thief.
In contrast, Jesus’ purpose is for us to live a rich and satisfying life. Not only does God wants us to be rich, he wants us to enjoy our riches. He wants us to live satisfying lives. This means the voice that leads us to prosperity to every area in our lives must be from God. This is how we can tell the difference between our True Shepherd from the counterfeits. The True Shepherd always makes us rich and happy. The counterfeits always make us poor and unhappy.
What does this truth means to us? It tells us that it is already God’s will to give us everything we want, may it be health, wealth or any other desires that we have. We don’t have to beg God or resort to any manipulative means to make him give us what we want. (Not that we can do that.) Every time we ask God for anything, we must ask with the belief that God is perfectly willing to give us everything we want. This is call praying in faith.
God wants us to be rich. God wants us to have a lot of money in our bank account. God wants us to live healthy lives. God wants us to be successful and excel in everything we do. God wants to fulfill all our desires. The question here is never about whether God wants or does not want to fulfill our desires. The real question here is whether we are willing to believe that God wants to give us a rich and satisfying lives as he had promised in the above verse.
What are your desires? These are what God desires for you. If you desire to play tennis, God desires you to play tennis. If you desire to play golf, God desires you to play golf. If you desire to explore the Amazon jungles, God desires you to explore the Amazon jungles. If you are like me and desire to have a lot of money, God desires you to have a lot of money. The bottom line is God wants us to live rich and satisfying lives. You decide what you want to live a rich and satisfying life. What you want will become God wants you to have.
God has placed your destiny in your hands. What are you going to do with it? Whose voice will you respond to?