John 10:9-10 are life-changing words from the lips of Jesus:
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
To “go in and out and find pasture” was abundant life for sheep. There was no better life than to have a shepherd lead them out to green pasture. And that’s the point of John 10. There is no better life for us than to have our Shepherd, Jesus, watch over us and guide us into fullness of life.
Yet we are like stupid sheep easily led astray by the lures of this world. C.S. Lewis put it like this,
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We are too easily pleased and too quickly deceived by the thief who comes to kill and destroy.
The birthright of every child of God is the life Jesus offers in John 10:10. The kind of life Jesus is talking about is the very life of God living in us and flowing through us. Jesus and the New Testament go to great lengths to help us grasp this abundant life. Consider these metaphors as efforts to get through to sheep like us:
come to me and drink (John 7:37-38), abide in me (John 15:5), take my yoke upon you (Matt 11:29), if anyone opens the door I will come in (Rev 3:20), be filled with the Spirit (Eph.5:18), walk by the Spirit (Gal.5;16).
Coming to Jesus to drink, abiding in him, taking his yoke upon us, opening the door, being filled with the Spirit, walking in the Spirit…do you see?? These are all metaphors to help us grasp the life offered by Jesus. And the basis of this abundant life is a door. A door that opens to all who believe. A door that longs for us to open, be saved, and go in and out and find pasture.
If you are not experiencing the abundant life, embrace the metaphors in John 10. Think of yourself as a dumb defenseless sheep in need of a shepherd. And think of Jesus as both the shepherd and the door. The door to eternal life and the shepherd who leads us into the green pastures of abundant life.