How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
John 10-12: The Good Shepherd
In John chapter 10, the Apostle John writes of the Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd” (10:11), and then He tells us what a good shepherd does for his flock of sheep.
A shepherd's primary responsibility is the safety and welfare of the flock. The shepherd will feed the animals, herding them to areas of good forage, while keeping a watchful eye out for their protection. A good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for the sheep. But a hired hand, who is not a shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, when he sees a wolf coming, will leave the sheep and flee. This is not our Good Shepherd. Our Good Shepherd "...has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” (Heb. 13:5)
The relationship between a shepherd and his sheep is a close one. The Bible tells us that the sheep, that’s us, recognize the Shepherd’s voice and that they follow the Good Shepherd. It is a well-known fact that animals instinctively recognize the voice of a familiar, trusted person. Is the Good Shepherd familiar and trusted to you? Do you recognize His voice today?
A funny thing about sheep is that just about any other domesticated animal can be returned to the wild and will stand a fighting chance of survival, but not sheep. If you put a sheep in the wild, you've pretty much just given it a death sentence and given nature a snack. Sheep are helpless creatures! Sheep without a shepherd are sheep in deep trouble. In fact, sheep without a shepherd are hopeless!
The Good Shepherd is good. He protects, He guides, He nurtures, and He lays down His life for us! These five characteristics of our Good Shepherd are proof to me that Jesus is a Shepherd that can be trusted. Jesus loves you. He is the Good Shepherd. He will never leave you. Live like you know that today!
What character traits do you think of when you think of a good shepherd?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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