Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Truly God Devotional 10

Truly God Devotional 10

Our neighbor has a beautiful pasture and they used to have lots of sheep in it. One day I was coming home and I noticed one of the sheep with his leg stuck in a tree branch. At least I thought it was stuck. The sheep kept picking its leg up out of the branch and then putting it right back in. I had to laugh when I thought about the fact that Jesus called us His sheep. Sheep are gentle animals, but unfortunately they are not too bright. We need Jesus just like sheep need a shepherd.

John 10:14,15

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep."

I think this is such a wonderful description of our relationship to Jesus. Let's think about what a shepherd does for his sheep. He protects his sheep and is willing to give his life up if necessary. He offers his sheep rest from wolves and other predators. He leads them to places where they can be fed and watered well. He rescues them from thorny bushes where they get hurt and tangled. He knows where each sheep is at any given time. He knows what makes each of his sheep unique and special. His goal is to give them a life of abundance and what he gets in return is their love and trust.

Jesus is the greatest shepherd who has ever lived. He is the good shepherd!!

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