by Lloyd Cherry
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
“Any shepherd who is a good manager always bears in mind one great objective. It is that his flock may flourish. The continuous well-being of his sheep is his constant preoccupation. All of his time, thought, skill, strength, and resources are directed to this end. Nothing delights the good shepherd more than to know his livestock are in excellent condition. He will stand in his pastures amongst his sheep casting a knowing eye over them, rejoicing in their contentment and fitness. A good stockman actually revels in the joy of seeing his animals flourishing.” A Shepherd Looks at The Good Shepherd and His Sheep by Phillip Keller
A bit further in developing this thought, Keller adds:
“…. Reflecting back over my own years as a sheep man, I recall clearly those happy, contented times when I literally reveled in the well-being of my sheep. Visitors would often remark how contented and flourishing my flock appeared. But only I knew how much work, effort, tireless attention, and never-ending diligence had been expended on my part for this to be possible. My sheep had literally been the recipients of my life. It had been shared with them abundantly and unstintingly. Nothing was ever held back. All that I possessed was in truth poured out unremittingly in order that we should prosper.”
These are amazing thoughts as we consider Jesus’ own testimony of himself as the good shepherd.
All the capacity of God has secured our salvation. It is kept for us. Jesus is our good shepherd. The Christian has eternal life now, and the manager who oversees our provision, protection, and health is good and perfect in every way. His love for us motivates his care over us. He never sleeps nor slumbers, and watches over us both night and day. He has promised never to leave nor to forsake us. We have been bought with a precious price – by the blood of Christ shed for us on the cross at Calvary. The good shepherd has indeed laid down his life for his sheep. David boasted with great contentment, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want!” Be thankful today for such a great salvation and such a good Lord and shepherd of our lives.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.