The duty of the shepherd was to take care of his sheep. He built a sheep fold to protect his sheep from wild animals and thieves at night. In the morning, he would lead his sheep out of the sheepfold and would call them. The sheep would recognise his voice and follow him. He would lead them to green pastures and running streams or water troughs by the well.
The shepherd always planned ahead where he would take his sheep. It was not a last minute decision for he would seek out green pastures and water sources ahead of time, so he knew where to take his sheep. During the evening he brought them back to the fold and checked to see if any were missing or hurt. If one was missing, he would leave all the other sheep and go and search for it.
There were times when a shepherd needed to fight off wild animals like lions and bears that attacked the sheep (I Samuel 17:34). There were also robbers that he would need to fight off with his staff. A shepherd’s life can be a dangerous one. Finally, at night, he would watch the entrance of the fold throughout the night as a gatekeeper. In John 10:11 Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” Jesus had proven that He had given His life to save us from eternal death. We can also trust in Him to provide all our needs, because when he gave our lives to Him, He activated His plan for us. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new (II Corinthians 5:17), and the good work He began in our lives, He will complete it (Philemon 1:6).
Therefore, the Lord Jesus had prepared good things for our lives and He planned ahead where He will lead us. All we need to do is to trust in Him, listen to His voice and follow His direction then we will walk into the blessings He had prepared for us and find rest and fulfilment.
If you would like to accept Jesus into your heart please pray the following prayer.
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.”
If you have just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, congratulations! We invite you to contact us as we would love to pray a blessing over your life and help guide you on your journey.
The next step. As a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptised as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
God bless you.