A thief doesn’t come dressed all in white and clanging a loud cymbal, announcing himself and letting you know that he’s on the prowl ready to rob you blind. No! A thief comes dressed in clever clothing so as not to give himself away. He comes when it’s dark. He tip-toes in so you don’t know he’s coming. Or he comes when you’re not home if he comes in broad daylight. He doesn’t want you to remember that he’s all about the robbery and he’ll whisper sweet things in your ear if he’s the kind of thief who doesn’t hide.
There’s a thief that the Bible speaks of. That thief is Satan. John 10:10 tells us: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” That’s his ONLY goal. He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t just want to play with you. He wants to destroy you and steal everything away from you. He comes in the dark or he comes when you’re not home. By this, I mean that he comes when you’re not paying attention. When you’re not on guard. When you’re in your darkest moment and you’re just about to cry out to God. When you have relaxed just a little and gotten comfortable with things. He’s not a knight in shining armor!
The thing is it’s just a game to Satan. Once he wreaks havoc in your life, he’ll move on to his next victim, laughing in your face that he’s used you to destroy your own life and the lives of others.
So why in the world do we allow ourselves to be a player in his game? If Satan likes to play games, then we should give him a run for his money. We should make it the game that lasts forever…or at least until Jesus takes us home or He comes back. We should not roll over and let him win.
The second part of John 10:10 says: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” This is Jesus talking. He wants to give us life and he wants it to be full and victorious. No matter what life throws at us, we’ve got to remember that Jesus is the ONLY giver of life. No one apart from God can have this life. Partnering up with someone who isn’t walking in the same light as Jesus (and as you, if you’re a Christian) will lead you down a dark and lonely path. And when you get to the end of it, which you will, Jesus will still be there for you. And your loved ones will be, too. But think about the impact your deeds of playing for the wrong team will have on those you’ve tried so hard to reach.
1 Peter 5:7-9 says: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
In these end times, let’s all commit to praying for each other and for those who have gone astray. Pray for the lost that they may see the light. Pray for the deceived that they may see Satan for who he is and that Jesus is the only Way. He’s the Truth. He’s the Light.