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THE TRUE SHEPHERD

Sunday 22nd July, 2018

Bible readings
2 Samuel 7:1-14
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34 

Hymn of meditation: PH 549
I am one of Jesus’ lambs,
In this blessing I rejoice.
I have Christ as Shepherd in life,
In Him I have all I need here.
Jesus knows me and loves me,
And He calls me by my name.

A shepherd can be described as one who has been employed to care for a flock of sheep or one who actually owns the sheep and always sees to it that they are well fed and provides all their needs. The Bible often refers to us human beings as Jesus’ flock. Just as in the case of the shepherd, God also provides our needs in every situation.

Mark 6:30-34
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things

In Israel, shepherding means sacrifice for the flock. Hence, the shepherd is always vigilant and fearless when catering for the flock. He also exhibits love for his flock and never sleeps until the flock is totally safe.

Comparing this to human leadership, a leader is a shepherd to the group he leads and must exhibit the above-mentioned characteristics. The Bible also warns about false leaders who are only there to feed their own stomachs and not the interest of the flock.

How do you handle the sheep God has placed in your hands?

Thanks  to God, we have got for ourselves a good and true shepherd who could give His life and continuously go out there to look for the strayed sheep and bring it back unto Himself. This true shepherd is our Lord Jesus Christ. God expects all leaders to be good shepherds as He is.

David is another perfect example of a true shepherd. Due to his willingness to risk his life in defence of his sheep and rescue them from the paws of wild animals, God entrusted an entire nation into his care to rule over. As a leader, how do you guide and guard the people you oversee? God expects you to lead your subordinates into safety and not into destruction, giving them the right guidance.

Jesus is the true shepherd who laid His life down to ensure our salvation and safety. If He remains your shepherd, you are totally safe. Christ brought you and me who were far away closer to Himself through the shed blood on the cross of Calvary. Sin caused us to lose all the good things that God had in store for us but through the shepherd, Jesus Christ, we are now restored back to the sheepfold. He has re-dedicated us to God through the finished work on the cross. He is the source of peace among men. If there is peace between you and your neighbour or peace within your family, it is because of Jesus, the true shepherd.

  • Jesus, the true shepherd has granted us access through the Holy Spirit and made us citizens and members of God’s household.
  • He has made us all one in God. If you draw yourself away from the fold, you will lose the safety of Christ’s shepherding.
  • Hear His voice, listen to His Word and follow Him today into the right pasture you need.

Who do you accept as your true shepherd? Is it the spiritual leader or the idol worshipper you follow after secretly?

If you have truly accepted Jesus as your Saviour and shepherd, you need to also accept the guidance and protection He offers?
If Jesus is really your shepherd, why then do you go for stickers and charms as protection from evil?

Men of God would employ many bodyguards to protect them when they walk around, yet, certain followers and believers acquire items like stickers from them to paste on their refrigerators hoping to obtain protection from these men of God. If the men of God could be of any protection, they would not have found the need to put body guards around themselves in the first place. Beware of wild dogs that will come to you in sheep’s clothing.

Come to Jesus Christ, the true shepherd who laid His life down for all His flock.

Amen!

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