“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10, The Message)
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, NKJV)
I woke up this morning with the verse on my mind. It’s seems fairly straight forward and easy to understand, and it is, but I felt the need to look up the original translation and meaning of “more abundantly.” It comes from the word “perissos” (per-is-sos’) and means: in the sense of beyond; superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
So, the thief, satan, has a purpose of stealing, killing, and destroying. His sole purpose in life is to completely destroy your life to the point that you will never fulfill God’s purpose and so that you live in lack your entire life. Satan’s purpose is that you are slave to the lender, that you are a slave to your own health, and that you are so bound that you cannot focus on what God has called you to do. We tend to focus on the first half of that verse but we need to put more emphasis on the second half of that verse. The thief is going to come and steal, kill, and destroy in your life, that’s reality, but God has come so that you can have life and have it more abundantly.
The thief may be active in your life but he doesn’t have the keys anymore, he doesn’t have authority. I think the Message version of this passage is the most accurate in that it says: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” He came so that you can have a superabundant life, in quantity, and a superior life, in quality. It’s time to stop focusing on the first half of this verse and start declaring the second half over your life. It’s time that when the thief steals in your life, to expect it all back and all back in superabundance. It’s time to expect a life of quantity and quality. We are not called to live a life of lack, we are called to live a life of “more and better than you ever dreamed of.”