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The art of being a sheep (2)

25 November 2023 ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.’ Psalm 23:1 NIV

We need to know two things: 1) Our shepherd’s character. Jesus distinguished good shepherds from bad ones (see John 10:11-16). Bad shepherds look out for their own interests, not the welfare of the sheep. They’re unreliable; when a threat appears, they abandon the flock. But Jesus claimed, ‘I am the good shepherd’ (John 10:11 KJV). What makes Him good? ‘The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep’ (v. 11 NKJV). Their needs and their security come before his own, and, if necessary, he will die for them. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me’ (v. 14 NIV). Jesus knows each of His sheep individually and desires a close relationship with them. He calls each one by name; they trust Him and follow where He leads (see John 10:3). You can rely on your shepherd to protect and guide you! 2) The sheep’s condition is the shepherd’s business. He can’t be a good shepherd if his sheep’s needs aren’t being met. Sheep don’t know the path to the pasture, the location of the watering hole, or the strategy for their own safety. But the shepherd does. His sheep believe in him, rely on him, and follow him. But believing in and relying on His protection and provision isn’t instinctive – it’s the only decision you make; an act of your will. Regardless of your feelings or circumstances, you make up your mind to trust the shepherd to handle things and act as your security. When you turn your worries and concerns over to Him and rest in His goodness, He fulfils His promise that you will ‘lack nothing’.

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