Recent statistics has shown that burglaries are fairly common throughout the world. In the United States, it has been reported by sources such as SafeWise.com that burglaries occur every 15 seconds. Many reports also suggest that most burglary attempts occur via the front door compared to any other entry point. The goal of every burglar is to gain access to another person’s belongings. This is so they can obtain what is of value within a person’s residence or even on their person. To burglarize is to violate a person’s property and personal possessions. It can leave one devastated should they lose what is of value.
It is very much the same that can occur in our lives regarding our spiritual journey. In John 10:10, there is a scripture which points to the concept of thievery that can occur in all of our lives:
In the first part of verse 10 it says:
(NIV) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”
It is important to note that in the first half of John Chapter 10, Jesus is speaking to a group of Pharisees. In this passage, Jesus mentions that He is the “Good Shepherd” and that He watches over His flock of sheep. For a full description of this passage, see the previous blog that was written on this topic. Who are the sheep that Jesus refers to? The sheep represent you and I, which is to say that when we choose to follow Jesus Christ, we are no longer without protection but we have a Good Shepherd to watch over us. In verse 8, Jesus says, (NIV) “All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.”
Those who are characterized as “thieves and robbers” are those who would seek to deceive. Of course, Jesus completes the portion of thievery when He makes the declaration in verse 10. Who is the thief that Jesus refers to? Why does the thief want to steal, kill, and destroy? First, we must understand who the “thief” is before we can understand his motives.
The thief that Jesus refers to is none other than satan, who is the enemy of our soul. 1 Peter 5:8 says, (NIV) “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan desires to steal from us, and he wants to ultimately destroy us. However, the focus of this post is to highlight the concept of theft. What is it that satan desires to steal from us?
Satan wants to steal our time, our joy, and our very lives. The reason why is because such possessions among many others are valuable to our existence. For example, the enemy is cunning and often succeeds at stealing the very time that we have. There are various distractions and vices that he uses to waste our time, which later leads to a life that was not productive. As a result, regret along with never accomplishing what God designed for us to do and to be, begins to be the testament of the one life that we were given.
Going back to the analogy, what a burglar seeks to accomplish, it is exactly the same as it relates to satan. He desires to take from who you are, and what you have. There are so many within our world today, that have lost who they were supposed to be in Christ because they allowed satan to steal from them. Any person who lives in a residence will do what they must to protect their home from an intruder. That is because, what is of value is inside the residence. It is also because the residence is within the occupiers care.
So, this often means that one must lock every door and window in addition to having an alarm. These are preventive measures to either deter or ward off anyone who seeks to intrude and to steal. However, as said before, the common burglar is after a person’s valuables. The most important thing that satan desires to have is you. Not only is your time and other parts of your life valuable to satan, but you are valuable because you have a purpose that God has given to you. Your life is filled with many gifts that God has deposited in you to use for His glory. However, satan wants to steal what God has given to you, and he ultimately wants to destroy you in the process.
In Luke 22:31, Jesus says to His disciple Peter, that satan wants to sift him as wheat. This means that satan’s goal is to ultimately destroy our lives. This is done through the process of taking or stealing from us which eventually results in a destruction. So, what can you do to prevent the enemy from stealing what you possess? The answer lies in your relationship with Christ.
In John 10, Jesus mentions that He is the “Good Shepherd” and that He protects His sheep. If you are in your sin, and you have not chosen Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are open to being ravaged by the enemy. You don’t have the adequate protection which is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our world is in chaos because many have chosen to openly rebel against God, leaving them in a state of vulnerability. However, a life that is found in Christ is one that is not only saved from Hell but saved from what the enemy seeks to do in our lives on Earth.
Secondly, once you have received Christ, you must maintain an active lifestyle that is surrendered unto God daily. Even those of us who are in Christ, we must do as 1 Peter 5:8 says, which is to “be sober.” This means that we shouldn’t be distracted with the lies of the world and our own devices. Rather, we are to be in prayer, worship, and studying God’s Word. Consecration means to be separated unto God through the process of sanctification. To be sanctified means to be set apart for God’s use, and to live in Holiness. It is also important to have accountability partners who are in the faith. They provide encouragement and can pray for you during times of weakness.
The whole point is to understand that satan desires to steal from you and to destroy you. Satan does not care about you as the individual, but he cares about the impact that you can make for God’s Kingdom. Ultimately, he wants to deface and destroy God’s creation as a way to tear down God’s Kingdom. Daily he is seeking whom he may devour, and he does so by stealing from us. However, when we choose to surrender our lives unto God, the theft is buffered by a God who protects us.
If you don’t know Jesus in the pardon of your sins, you cannot experience the protection that God offers. Various addictions and self-destructive behavior are a result of a life that is in need of a savior. You cannot save yourself, but you need a savior. Jesus Christ is the one who can save you from destruction. Lay down your pride, your devices, and seek Jesus Christ for forgiveness. In doing so, satan will no longer have the same ability to steal the valuable items that God has deposited into you.