Posted: 03 Nov 2013 01:11 AM PST
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep,” John 10:11.
When David tried to persuade King Saul to allow him to fight Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, the argument that finally convinced the king to allow David to fight the giant was this: “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: and I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him” (1 Sam. 17:34, 35). David was a good shepherd because he risked his life to protect his sheep, but he was just a foretaste of the Good Shepherd to come.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He has a cherished bond with His sheep. He knows them intimately and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their eternal security. Any other person who may express interest in caring for us or leading us is not worthy of our devotion because no one else has earned the right to shepherd us. Nobody but Jesus is worth our love, devotion and praise—worth following—so we should be careful that we are following the right Shepherd. We can be sure that wherever Jesus leads us will be precisely where God wants us to go, exactly where He can provide whatever is necessary for our good and His glory.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you follow where Jesus leads you today?