There are basically two kinds of people in the world. Those that make a room come alive when they walk into it, and then, there’s the rest of us. Let that simmer in your mind for a minute.
“A thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came to give life-life in all its fullness.” John 10:10 (ncv) What effect do you think Jesus had on the atmosphere any time He showed up? By way of comparison, what kind of effect do I have?
As a follower of Christ I am supposed to exhibit Christ-like qualities, and Jesus came to give life. He said so. And not just being barely alive, but life in all its fullness. Is my life conducive to life? Or am I a thief? A thief, you see, comes along and steals, kills and destroys.
If ‘ …The joy of the Lord is your strength!’ Neh 8:10 (nlt), and I steal, kill and destroy your joy, then I am most certainly a thief of the worst kind.
So, what kind of life am I living? Am I more concerned with the welfare of others than I am with my own Issues? When I ask someone how they’re doing, do I actually listen to their response? Do I pray for others more than I pray for myself? Do I have a passion to see everyone I meet receive life in all its fullness?
These are the true keys to real happiness. Bringing it to others is the only way to find ‘yourself’. I may never ‘light up the room’ with my presence, but I can move in that direction. We are to be the bearers of jesus’ light and life. I need to carry that with me wherever I go. If I do not then the Implication is that I might become a thief, someone out to steal your joy.