I am a good shepherd
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16
Jesus here provides for us a model of good shepherding, he said “I am the good shepherd” and here is the proof;
- I know my sheep, and am known of mine
- I lay down my life for the sheep
- Other sheep I have, them also I must bring, and there shall be one fold.
Shepherding is an ideal of much wider significance and value, it’s a way of life, culture and history. We are all influenced by it, directly or indirectly, whether we are aware of it or not. However, shepherding is not about dominating people’s lives. These teaching series are designed that you and me investigate together the scope of good shepherding.
Jesus said, “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:26-29
Let me ask you a few simple questions before we continue; have you got people you call your sheep? Do you know them? Do they know you too, and how? Listen to what the Lord said, he said I lay down my life for the sheep, do you do you for yours? He said I will bring them to the fold, “and other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” The father looks for such to serve him. Actually, if you know your sheep the father acknowledges you also as a good shepherd. Jesus said, “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father.” Don’t seek recognition of man but that of God only.
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