The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Growing up, my younger sister and I would spend hours playing board games. One of the games we enjoyed playing frequently was The Game of Life. This was indeed a great game to play . . . when I was winning. It was not so much fun when I was not. The problem with this game, or similar games, is that the person who is winning usually gets filthy rich at the expense of the other players, who quickly become dirt poor. (Again, fun when you are winning . . .) Because of the nature of this game, it would occasionally lead to hurt feelings, frustration, anger, and arguing followed by “in trouble with Mom”!

Fortunately, the life that Jesus Christ has promised is nothing like these kinds of board games. Hurt feelings, frustration, anger, and arguing need not apply. Through the power of His death and resurrection, we can all experience the Lord’s abundance without anyone else getting depleted or short-changed. Those willing to turn from their own selfish ways and enter into the life Christ has for them will find the overwhelming riches of His grace, mercy, and love. So much grace, mercy, and love, in fact, that hording for themselves is not even an option. They will be compelled to share!

I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like a much better game of life.

Enter through Christ’s gates today and experience life in a whole new way.

Mark J. Musser is a pastor at Trinity Wesleyan Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and teenage son.