Do you know the story about the shepherd who had a sheep which was continually straying away from the flock and the shepherd. One day the shepherd broke one of the sheep’s legs and carried the sheep and hand feed him until the sheep was well enough to walk again, and that sheep never left the shepherds side, and followed the shepherd wherever he went, and stayed ever so close to him. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He said; “my sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me, and he said the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” CAREFULLY, and PRAYERFULLY read John chapter 10. We can’t be very good shepherds of God’s sheep if we don’t stay close to the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ, the Master of our souls. Do you sometimes feel like that sheep? “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby,”( Hebrews 12: 1-11). Lord help us to follow you closely and not to go wondering away from you into places where the wolves can get us or get caught up in the thorny vines and brambles from the enemy. Do you follow the Good Shepherd closely, or do you follow from afar?
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.