Christ Our Shepherd

Everything Jesus did while He walked on the face of this earth in human flesh, He did out of great love for us and as an example of how He wants us to love others. He came as our shepherd, putting himself between us and the perils of Satan and sin. He left us the Holy Spirit and the inspired word of God as the Bible that we would know His voice and heed it.

There was a purpose for every word Jesus spoke, every place He traveled to, every miracle He performed, every one of the 40 days and nights of temptation in the wilderness and every moment of pain He endured upon the cross. That purpose was to reconcile the lost with the Father who loves us beyond comprehension. And so also there is a purpose for every trial and every blessing in our lives, every triumph and defeat. God wants to work in each of those things so that His glory will be made manifest to those around us and that they too will be reconciled with Him. In order for that to happen we must become ever more Christ like, willing to endure those trials for His name sake, willing to share His victories in our lives with others, willing to empathize and minister to those whom God places in our lives and our paths daily.

1 Peter 5:2-4 puts it this way “Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

Who is the flock under your care? Your own children and their friends, your spouse, your friends, your coworkers, your brothers , sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, the clerk at the grocery store, the teller at the bank, the person who cuts your hair, your doctor, very simply put: whomever you might cross paths with today.

by Cherry's Creations

Comments (5)

On March 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM , SHEILA said...

Thank you for this message. A great reminder that many people we meet in our everyday life can come under the heading of "my flock".

On March 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Tricia said...

This is an awesome message! Thank you!

On March 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM , Art and Sew Forth said...

That collage from BethStoneStudio is just amazing!

What a great reminder to start off the week. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the mundane and forget about the ministry. Thank you!

On March 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Great reminder, Cherry. Thanks so much. It's so easy to walk through the week unmindful of this.

On March 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

We all have to adorn the armour of God every day.

Thank you Cherry!