Let's take a look at the word shepherd today. We will use John 10:14 as our text, which says, "I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine." All throughout Jesus' ministry, he was about his Father's business and he, Jesus, is there to be The Way. Some may consider shepherd as a Pastor, but that is limiting the word. I believe the word shepherd is undervalued. A shepherd is also considered the protector, and feeder. When I look at these definitions, my mind starts asking questions.
- Jesus, the feeder ... If I am not digging in to the Word of God, then you are not eating from the hand of The Good Shepherd. So, who is feeding me or what am I being fed?
- Jesus, the protector ... If I am letting every emotional situation make me waffle in my faith, or if ever situation is getting me riled up, chances are I do not know The Good Shepherd as my protector. So, who is protecting me?
- Jesus, the ruler ... If I am waffling in faith, not eating from God's hand, and so on, then chances are I are not being ruled by The Good Shepherd. So, who is ruling me?