In church today, the officiating minister introduced the day as the Good Shepherd Sunday. Readings from the bible were taken. These readings have been carefully selected to buttress the meaning of the Good Shepherd.
I am particularly excited about the reading taken from the gospel (John 10: 11-18). Jesus speaking to us directly, tells us that he is the good shepherd, and that a good shepherd lays his life for the sheep. If Christ is the good shepherd, who then is his sheep? I am his sheep. You too should be one, if you are not, it is not late to make that choice, to be a sheep in his flock.
When Jesus taught his apostles, he taught with practical examples. He did not just say he is a Good Shepherd, he lived the life of one and ultimately laid his life for his sheep, which is the greatest show of love that can come from anyone (John 15:13).
The Good Shepherd does all in his powers to protect his sheep from the evil ones. And I know he is almighty, so why won’t I choose to be his sheep? If God be for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31) …even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, the psalmist declares (Psalm 23:4). The Good Shepherd also does all in his powers to provide for all my needs. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He calms our fears. In the midst of a troubled world, he gives us peace (John 15:33).
The Good Shepherd is all in all. He is that Blessed Assurance we all need to cling on to, but it’s all up to you today. We should emulate him and live good examplary lives in our individual worlds; our family, work place, school, community etc.Happy Sunday friends and I wish you a great week ahead.