if He was applying for a new job as a good shepherd? Could He point to you and your life as a shining example of His effectiveness as a good shepherd, or would He have to exclude you because of your unwillingness to allow Him to be the good shepherd over your life? If a lost sheep was searching for a good shepherd and flock to join, would he look at you and say: “I want to know your shepherd and join your flock because you are such an obviously joyful, contented, well cared for sheep”—or would he turn away because you appear so discontented, fearful, sickly and lacking in every good thing a sheep desires.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. We are his sheep. The job of a shepherd is to tend the sheep, lead them to good pasture, make sure they are well fed, have a good clean supply of water, a comfortable sheepfold to sleep in, tend to them if they become sick or injured, protect them from wolves and other predators, and make sure none get lost or separated from the flock, and if one does, to go find it and return it to the flock. Does our life evidence the care of the Highest Good Shepherd? If it doesn’t, it is not His fault.
Many Christians today do not walk in the joy of the Lord, our Good Shepherd. Instead they are burdened by every tribulation and challenge of life solely because they do not walk in full assurance of the love, faithful care and salvation of the Lord, due to feelings of unworthiness, distrust or hardheadedness in giving it all over to Him to take care of. How many real sheep do you think would refuse to go into a safe, secure sheepfold because they didn’t believe they were worthy of it, felt they were bad sheep, or because they believed they could find better protection on their own?
The analogy of sheep and shepherd is used over and over again throughout the Bible for a reason. Sheep are not able to care for themselves on their own, they need a shepherd. On their own, when one sheep moves, the rest will follow, even to their death. The flocking and following instinct of sheep is so strong that it caused the death of 400 sheep in eastern Turkey. The sheep plunged to their death after one tried to cross a deep ravine, and the rest of the flock followed. In Sussex, England, More than 100 sheep were “worried to death” after being spooked into the corner of a field by a dog where they were either crushed or died from shock. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3483863/Flock-100-sheep-worth-17-000-worried-death-dogs-spooked-rushing-corner-field-crushed-died-shock.html#ixzz4C24s1FSK
Humans are the same. Just look at how many are following Satan down the wide road to destruction. We follow and we are not very smart, so we need a Good Shepherd to lead us on the narrow path to eternal life.
We are meant to follow Christ in every way that He has shown us by example of how He lived His own life. He is called the Lamb of God because He was the perfect sacrificial lamb, without sin or blemish, offered up for our salvation; but he also followed His Father, Almighty God, in everything He did and said in His life. John 14:10 “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”
The Father, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us, Christ in us, is meant to be given sovereignty over our lives to work through us; but we have to allow Him and we have to follow His lead. We are not smart sheep; we need to follow the Good Shepherd in every area of our lives if we are to be victorious, and in being so, we glorify the work of the Good Shepherd, so he can include us as shining examples on His resume.
1 Peter 5:4 “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
Matthew 8:12-13 “If a man has a hundred sheet and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.…”
John 21:15-17 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”.
Psalm 23 is one of the best known and loved of the psalms; but do we claim the promises in it as our own, and are we examples of well cared for sheep, comfortable sheep in green pastures beside still waters? We have to believe and claim all His promises as our own, because they are, and then walk in them, as shining example of what life with the Good Shepherd is like, so others will see and desire the same for themselves.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Let’s show the world what an awesome shepherd we follow.