“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The Greek word for life in this passage is “zoe.” Vines’ Greek dictionary defines zoe: “Life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself and which the Son manifested in the world.” John 1:4 reads, “In Him was life (zoe) and that life was the light of men.” The gospel is not just the forgiveness of our sins or just a promise that we’ll go to heaven some day or just a guide that gives us better rules to live by. Praise God it is all of those things, but it’s more. The gospel tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection so that those who believe can receive the very life of God into their spirits. When we are born again we are born of God and His very life resides in us. “I have come that they may have life (zoe)…” Jesus came so that His life could be in you!
The key to the victorious Christian life is to let God’s life flow through us instead of getting stuck in our old carnal nature. “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1John 5:4) When we try to live by following our emotions, our addictions, our common sense, or our will power we are missing a much bigger plan. Let the life of God rise up in you; drink of Jesus’ life so that “rivers of living water” may flow out of your innermost being. (John 7:38) Stop analyzing the old and start meditating on the new.
If we walk in His life we will be lights to those around us without even working at it. “In Him was life and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Let’s get filled and shine more, so that the people who are around us each day might be drawn to Christ and His wonderful gospel.