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The Shepherd’s Voice

Charles Spurgeon in his devotion book, Morning by Morning, says:

“Christ’s reign in His Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender shepherd over his needy and loving flock. He commands and receives obedience, but it is the willing obedience of the well-cared-for sheep, rendered joyfully to their beloved Shepherd, whose voice they know so well. He rules by the force of love and the energy of goodness.”

There are two lessons in this statement of Jesus as shepherd and as I think about it, maybe three.

First, Jesus as shepherd distinguishes Him from all other religions and gods. When He was born, it was the shepherds who were told first and who were led to worship Him. The shepherd was one of the lowest positions in that society. They were smelly, poor and reclusive. Yet they were the ones Jesus lifted up to worship His birth. They were who Jesus modeled in so many of His stories.

A shepherd guides, watches, preserves, restores, tends to, as well as feeds. Sheep are one of the dumbest animals alive. They will jump off a cliff if their buddies jump first. So, shepherding is very important to their well-being and protection. They literally follow the voice of the shepherd.

Another quality of a shepherd is that he never leaves his sheep. “His eyes never slumber, and His hands never rest; His heart never ceases to beat with love, and His shoulders are never weary of carrying His people’s burdens.”

It is such a joy to know that Christ as The Shepherd is an act of the most high God. Christianity is the only religion that has a God that is compassionate, loving and cares for us like sheep.

Christianity is the only religion that does not ask for us to earn our way to heaven.

Christianity is the only religion that asks us to merely have faith in the risen Lord and then to serve His desires.

What I love about this message is that it takes the burden of earning our way to heaven and it puts it on Jesus, who willingly died for us. He truly is the Good Shepherd who is willing to die for his sheep. I believe Christianity will flourish in America when Christians are willing to die in service to that good shepherd. Are we willing to give up all of the creature comforts and false gods of money, alcohol, drugs, clothes, sports and work? Are we willing to keep our focus on the voice of the Shepherd? Are we willing to die for our children and our friends and those who need to see the true message of the Bible?

I believe the reason for the slow decline of Christianity in America, is the unwillingness of Christians to become martyrs for their faith and for the truth. Jesus was not moved by the society and the people of His time. He said things that were extremely hard to hear, and which ultimately got him murdered. He is the example of what we as Christians should be willing to do. Do you have a faith that is marginal? The true test is if someone questions you on your faith how do you respond? Is it too easy to waiver on the truth so as not to offend? Do you compromise the truth so as to appease them? The truth will not only set you free but will set free anyone that listens to that truth. Listen to the Shepherd and follow His lead.  I believe the sheep are so comforted to know that they can trust their Shepherd. So am I.

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
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Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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