"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep....I know my sheep and my sheep know me."
John 10:11, 14b
Shepherds take care of their sheep. They watch over them and lead them. Why do sheep need so much guidance and protection? They are not instinctive animals. That is a nice way to say they are pretty dumb. If a predator comes, the sheep will basically stand their. They don't flee away. They also don't know which type of grass is good to eat. They will simply eat right is in front of them. Don't these descriptions seems kind of familiar? Do they describe you? I know I can be described as not instinctive and dumb at times!
The Shepherd leads His sheep to better pastures and protects them from harm. He will even go out of His way to find that lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7). The Shepherd is Jesus! He even will lay down His life for the protection and goodwill of His Flock (that's us!). How amazing is that?!
Then Jesus goes on to say that He knows His sheep! That means He knows each one of us. Jesus already knew you before you were even born! (Psalm 139) What comfort and great news is that! Jesus will lead us and protect us if we let Him. Did you catch that last part...if we let Him? He will be our Good Shepherd joyfully, just ask Him!!
What image comes to your mind as you think about Jesus as your Good Shepherd? Are you letting Him be the Shepherd of your life? Are there some areas where you need to relinquish the control to Him and let Him lead you?
With His Love,