John 10:10 (NLT)
10The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

Prior to this verse Jesus had told a parable. Jesus said he could assure the people anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheep pen must be thief, because the shepherd always enters through the gate. The gatekeeper will always open the gate for the shepherd and the sheep will know the shepherd by his voice. The only purpose of the thief is to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus was alluding to Satan and his desire to take our joy of life, life itself and our souls. Jesus said of himself, His purpose was to give life in all it fullness.

Once my mother went out of town only to come back to find her home had been burglarized. If you can imagine the fear of finding someone has been in your home uninvited and gone through your possessions and you are not even sure what they have taken. My mother eventually found out a box of household documents that contained titles, deeds, personal notes, family information, and other information, some of which could not be replaced was stolen. This thief created fear where there was joy and this thief had stolen what could not be replaced. But isn’t that what Satan is out to do? He is out to steal our joy by introducing us to sin. Proverbs 29:24 says, “If you assist a thief, you are only hurting yourself.” He wants to take our life both in this world and eternally by keeping us away from God and Jesus. And if he can steal our eternal soul then it cannot be replaced. Remember that Jesus came to give life in all its fullness. Faith and trust in Jesus wins the battle over Satan. 1 John 2:14 says, “I have written to you who are young because you are strong with God's word living in your hearts, and you have won your battle with Satan.” Give thanks for what Jesus has done in your life and give praise to God for his magnificent glory.