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Sheep are interesting animals. As creatures, they are not very self sufficient. They tend to follow their shepherds and when separated make a horrible mess of things. When one looks at sheep, he has to see that they are valuable for their wool and for the meat they provide–but they are difficult to manage and require close supervision.
In the spiritual world, people are the same. While we think we are all that, truth is, people are not that bright. We have thousands of years of historical truth to show us that certain behaviors produce certain results. Still, like sheep, we wander away from the freedom God offers–into a world full of briars and predators.
The great news is that if we follow Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, he will safely lead us through the briars and predators of this life. He knows the world wants to attack, destroy and use us up for its personal pleasure–BUT, he came that we could actually have life and have it be full and meaningful–abundant. His call is unmistakable. His voice is clear and kind. Like sheep, we simply need to recognize that voice and follow. He will do the rest!!!!
God Bless You
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.