Why did Jesus come to the earth? The reason is found over in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Then it says in verse 11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” The word ‘life‘ in these two verses have two different meanings. Life in verse 10 according to one Bible translation says, “to have life to the full.” Whereas, ‘life’ in the 11th verse means natural life. In other words, He was saying, I’m laying down my natural life, but I’ve come that you might have the God kind of life to the full and over flowing. That’s why He came, so we can have the God life to the full and overflowing. Jesus had the God life which over flowed wherever, He went and we now have the same exact life in us. It’s called the incarnation, which is God in flesh. We are now living vessels, living temples, with the life of Almighty God indwelling us.
However, so many Christians don’t know who they really are and it’s simply because of their thinking. Are you aware of the fact that our minds constantly take in images and we give thoughts to those images? Our thoughts can be either ‘positive and constructive’ or ‘negative and destructive’. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: The Israelites were born into slavery and were in slavery for 430 years, then God brought them out and told them that He was taking them to a land that was flowing with milk and honey, and He wanted them to go in and possess the land. Twelve spies were sent out to spy the land. All twelve saw and heard the exact same things while spying out the land, but only Joshua and Caleb reported back saying, “We are well able, God has given us the land, let’s go up right now and get it!” Do you know why they were the only two that thought that way? It’s because the other ten could only see their circumstances. The word ‘circumstance’ is made up of two words, ‘circum’ which is around and ‘stance’ which is stand. In other words, that which encircled them and stood around them is what their focus was on. The thoughts they gave to the images they saw probably went something like this: who am I? what can I do? and I am just a nobody whereas, Joshua and Caleb’s thoughts were focused on what God said which was to go in and posses the land. Unfortunately, Christians are falling into the same trap that the ten spies did which is allowing the circumstances to control them instead of what God has said. We have to get our eyes off of the circumstances and start focusing on the fact that we have now become living vessels, living temples, with the life of Almighty God indwelling us. It is now no longer we who live, but it is Christ who lives in us! So, how can we possibly lose?