Gate of Life
May 12, 2011 § 1 Comment
I read John 10:1-10 this morning as I am about to do the invocation in a few hours at a “Focus On Our Future” Community Forum with the theme “Doing The Best We Can With The Resources We Have.” The forum will explore strategies during a challenging time for many communities and organizations given the current economic circumstances. It will address the apparent assumption that fewer resources imply scarcity. However, that is not the case. At least not from a Gospel perspective. Both images in this morning’s passage (Jesus as shepherd and gate) is about God’s trustworthiness in and through the life that comes with Jesus’ resurrection to lead us into ample pasture. He is the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23 and Ezekiel 34 who takes care of his sheep and their well-being regardless the circumstances. He is the Gate of Life that leads us into that amplitude described by John 10:10 as abundance or fullness of life. In his faithfulness and trustworthiness, God guarantees that our daily bread will always be enough for what we need. From a Christian perspective, a mentality of scarcity is never appropriate. May God teach us how to live into the fullness of the abundance of life that He provides.