The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10
Zombies and vampires are all around our society’s popular culture today. It’s an entertainment phenomena. For me I don’t like watching movies or shows that depict dead things coming to life to take life as we know it. I guess I can’t really render a true opinion since I don’t watch these things, but I do know what life brings and I watched enough Dracula and Frankenstein movies to know that dead things that come to life are evil. Maybe one day I will give in and watch an episode of The Walking Dead or get into the Twilight Trilogy, or even watch World War Z, but until then I am content in knowing my life is rich without such entertainment. Zombies are in most cases mindless walking dead. Vampires on the other hand are walking dead with a mind. I guess they are the other end of the spectrum. I know in the Twilight trilogy that there are good vampires that drink the blood of animals and not humans, but really, all vampires have to suck the life out of something. Zombies just kill and eat or infect other humans to become zombies. The world today is full of people who are walking dead. They go through life without purpose and in some cases suck the life out of others. As the above verse indicates, this is the goal of the enemy, to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus gave us three things we can do to have life and have it rich and satisfying.
The zombie and vampire like the enemy’s source want to kill you. They want to suck the life out of you or infect you with negative thoughts and actions. The enemy will attack your mind, attack your physical body, and attack your very soul if you allow him to. He will put people in your path to move you off God’s path onto your own path. That path is a selfish path, filled with what can I do for me today? In essence, if you allow the enemy’s attacks to overtake you, you become like a zombie or a vampire, walking, but not alive. The enemy doesn’t really want to end your life, he wants to make it hell on earth. The first thing that Jesus gives us to impede this life-taking attitude is to have a life-giving attitude. Speaking life from our mouth can change the course of someone’s death march. Doing a random act of kindness can put them on the path of life. Giving life instead of sucking the life from people by being negative in all we do and say can be a change that you may need in your life. I want people to give me strange looks because I want to be so full of life.
The enemy wants to steal from you. He wants to take your joy, he wants to see you come to ruin in how many ways you can come to ruin. He is gunning for your wrong choices in life. Jesus answer to this is to be generous with your life; to be generous with your finances, to be generous with your time, to be generous with yourself. When you focus on helping people, if you need help, you help yourself. Jesus gives you joy when you give of yourself in these three ways.
The enemy wants to destroy your life. He wants to drain the life out of you, he wants to steal your joy, and he wants to destroy the very healthy love you have for yourself. Self-esteem is never selfishness; arrogance is self-esteem to a sinful extreme. Jesus answer to the destruction the enemy tries to inflict on our lives is building your self-love. He puts positive people in your life that will build your self-love. Of course, you have to find these people and surround yourself with them. You cannot be an island on to yourself. Being a part of a life-giving loving church can do wonders for your healthy self-esteem. A shame free environment may be what your life is lacking. People that can build you up instead of tearing you down can strengthen you and give you some major confidence in your life.
The enemy wants to kill, steal, and to destroy. Jesus came so that we can have life and have it rich and satisfying by being life giving, generous, and being life building. Don’t be a mindless life taking zombie or a smart life draining vampire. Be a life-giver, a life lover, and a life builder.
[David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.