by Darla Noble
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd—something some people view with negativity, because if Jesus is the shepherd, that makes us the sheep. And who, they think, wants to be a sheep?
I do! I’ve actually been a shepherd. For twenty years I managed our family’s flock of 400 ewes (female sheep); caring for their daily needs, watching over the lambs, and everything else that goes with the job. So when someone takes offense to being called God’s lamb of sheep because they think sheep are dumb and mindless, I am more than happy to graciously correct their erroneous impression of these gentle creatures.
The truth of the matter is that sheep are not dumb and mindless. Sheep are trusting, compliant, creatures of habit, and dependent on solid leadership. They trust their shepherd and shy away from anyone they don’t know. Sheep like consistency and routine; knowing the shepherd is true to his/her word—that they won’t say it’s time to eat but not feed them or lead them in one direction when he/she wants them to go another.
Hhhmmm…Trusting, compliant, and a creature of habit (committed). Isn’t that what Jesus expects of us when we accept Him as Savior?
Trustworthy, solid, dependable, and true to His word…isn’t that exactly who Jesus is?
See, I told you being a sheep is the where it’s at!
Pray: LORD, help me be more of a sheep and follow you in complete trust and obedience each and every day of my life. In Jesus name, I pray, amen.