The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
We know God is not a thief, so anything that involves stealing, killing, or destroying is not from God but from the thief himself, satan. It is interesting to note this verse in it’s context. If you read the previous nine verses you find out Jesus begins by teaching us that any shepherd who did not come through the gate, which Jesus tells us He is that gate, is a thief. Jesus according to Ephesians 4 is the One who gives us the five fold ministry gifts, which includes the pastor or shepherd. What Jesus is teaching us is that any pastor not gifted (ordained) by Him is a thief.
In 2 Corinthians 11:15 we find out that satan has his own ministers who appear as ministers of righteousness, but they are under his control. This is the primary way satan steals, kills, and destroys through false and deceptive teaching mixed with some truth. Throughout the New Testament we are warned of such ministers, those who speak false doctrine, and those who water down the Word of God.
So if you don’t want to be taken advantage of and you want to experience the life God has for you, an abundant life, you need a shepherd who will teach us, as Paul said, the whole counsel of God. Beware of having your ears tickled and only hearing what you want to hear but not receiving all of what scripture teaches. In knowing the truth through the shepherd Jesus has for you, you will be set free from the destructive works of the thief and experience life more abundantly.