February 11, 2021 – John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd.” - Jesus
The definition of a shepherd is a person who tends and rears sheep. That’s great, but how does it help me learn more about Jesus?
Well, there’s another definition of the word shepherd (this one’s a verb) and it says to shepherd means to guide or direct in a particular direction.
In John 10:11 Jesus says he is the good shepherd. Notice how he doesn’t say I am “a” good shepherd, or I am one of many good shepherds. No, as always, Jesus chooses his words carefully and says, I am “the” good shepherd. Meaning he’s not just one of many good “guides” in our life; one voice to consider along with many others.
No, he is “the” good guide and director of our life.
In addition to being the good shepherd, you’ll notice Jesus also says something very interesting in John 10:16, “I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold.”
Here’s a question for you; how often do you think of the “other” sheep? You know, the ones who are not in your sheepfold (who don’t go to church with you, live in your community, speak your language, share your same skin color, gender, political views, etc.) but who also know the voice of Jesus when they hear it?
As he calls them into the flock, how do you respond? With an open heart and open arms? Or, with anger, envy, jealousy, bitterness, etc.?
As you learn more and more how to hear the shepherd's voice, be sure to make space in your heart and in your flock for the other sheep.
Questions for reflection:
- What are the ways you hear God’s voice directing your life?
- What are new ways you could try?
- What does it mean for Jesus to be “the” good shepherd of your life?
- When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in an effort to follow God’s voice?