I grew up at a church called Our Shepherd. I even attended a school that was affiliated with the church.
So, both pastors and teachers taught us often about the loving care of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
We were taught that sheep are generally docile and that they would definitely not be on the list of most intelligent or clever in the animal kingdom. We learned they are fearful crowd-followers who need to be constantly guided and cared for.
We also learned from Isaiah that:
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.Isaiah 53:6
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.
Yes, you and I are foolish sheep who have gone our own way and sinned. God knew we needed the leading and love of the Good Shepherd.
In John 10, Jesus said…
I tell you the truth. I am the gate for the sheep.John 10:1 and 7
I am the Good Shepherd.John 10:11
The Father and I are one.John 10:30
You and I need the leading and love of the Good Shepherd to guide us.
We need Him to accompany us to and through the narrow gate.
Because He IS the gate, Jesus is the One who makes it possible for you and me to approach the Father . . . today in prayer and ultimately in the glories of Heaven.
We need the love of the Good Shepherd.
Jesus’ doesn’t just watch over the sheep, He loves and cares for them with a love so great He willingly suffered and died for them.
We need the grace of God.
No matter how hard you and I try, we cannot find our way or earn the right to go to or through the gate that leads to God’s presence. But Jesus made it possible! As God in human flesh, He lived a perfect life and voluntarily sacrificed it so we could experience God’s grace and love eternally. He gave His life that you and I might have LIFE.
“The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep . . . No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”John 10:11 and 18
The leading and love of the Good Shepherd guides, guards, and protects us in a world full of dangers and temptations.
A Prayer to Know the Leading and Love of the Good Shepherd
Father, forgive me for being a follower of foolishness. I am so sorry. I want to live with wisdom and obedience but I fall short of even my own goals so often. Please help me.
You have graciously given Jesus, who called Himself the Good Shepherd, to lead Your children with love and grace. He said in advance that He came to “sacrifice His life” because it is what You commanded. His sacrifice was Your plan of salvation for us . . . undeserved mercy and grace.
Father, I pray to completely trust and follow the voice of my Savior. He said that His sheep KNOW Him and follow His voice. That is my desire . . . to listen to and obey Jesus. I pray to believe the “evidence of the miraculous works” (v.38) He has done for me. I pray to search the “Scriptures [that] cannot be altered” (v. 35) and ask that you might guide me by Your Spirit and fill me with the wisdom I need to live each day in Your love. And I ask all this in the name of my Good Shepherd, Jesus. Amen.
It’s hard for us to be humble enough to admit we need the leading and protection of a Shepherd. But the truth is we are vulnerable to foolishness and the dangers of this sinful world. We need Jesus!
On today’s note write:
Today I will follow the leading and love of Jesus, my Good Shepherd.
God bless you today as you surrender to His leading and love.
We would love to pray for you.
You can leave your prayer requests here…
and even take a few minutes to pray over the list left by our friends.
Never Miss an Update
Leave your email address and I’ll send you a short email every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to alert you to each new devotion. Plus you’ll receive a copy of 30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage and Keep the Spark Burning
I always enjoy hearing from you! Please take a minute to say ‘hi” and share your thoughts in the comments below.
And if this article blessed or helped you today — would you share it with someone? Maybe a friend, family member, coworker, or through the links below…