READ : John 10:1-16
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me . . . and I lay down my life for the sheep. (vv. 14, 15 NIV)
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV), says Jesus the Good Shepherd. Providing pasture that breeds life is exactly what he did for his disciples . . . and precisely what he wants us to do for others.
A good shepherd leads his sheep into safe pasture, where nourishment is plentiful and where protective oversight can be preserved. It requires that the shepherd be compassionate, courageous, tough, and tender. Even to the point of willingly risking his life to provide for the sheep.
Jesus gave his life so that we can have ours. It’s that simple and it’s that profound. He willingly laid down his life and suffered on our behalf so that we could be delivered from the confusion and death of sin into the redeemed life of his flock. He calls us to that same sacrificial service on behalf of all who are in our flock.
The Good Shepherd sacrificially gave up his life so his sheep can live abundantly. In light of that gospel reality, be sure to trust the leading of the Shepherd. His care for your soul is eternal.
Guide me into safe pasture and shepherd me with your loving kindness as I put my complete trust in you, Lord Jesus.