April 30

John 10:6-10

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” vs. 10

It’s stunning to find out how many people in this world actually know us by name, and even more than that, how many know our social security numbers! In such an environment, many live in constant fear of being scammed or bamboozled, or even having their retirement funds drained. Yes, there are thieves in the streets who could possibly steal our purses or wallets, but there are literally millions of folks sitting at computers around the world, stealing identities, and sending bogus messages via email, texts, or social media in hopes of a big fraudulent pay-off. Some have learned to recognize the scams and are adept at blocking unknown calls or texts, but it’s a real bother to have to live that way. We’d love to just trust everyone and live without fear. But as Jesus told his disciples, thieves and bandits were all around, and they needed to pay particular attention to the voice of the Shepherd. We’d be well advised to do the same. That’s not easy–it really is hard to know who is trustworthy! It takes care and discernment to hear Jesus in the daily messaging that comes our way. His way will have little to do with the material treasures of the world, and everything to do with a life of spiritual abundance. And there will never be any strings attached! Or hidden fees!

Thought for the Day: How have I been scammed? 

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