The Gospel of John | Day Eight
By: Brittany Green | Sheep and the Shepherd
"My mom and dad have never been together. My dad married my stepmom when I was two and my mom married my stepdad when I was five. My mom and stepdad created a loving, Christian home for me and I grew up going to church. It is there that I accepted Christ and got baptized in third grade!
However, when high school started, insecurities hit me hard! I could feel myself straying from the Lord, so I decided to get more involved in the church. I made every attempt to get more involved in order to surround myself with people who loved the Lord.
In the midst of starting to seek the Lord more, I found a verse from Song of Solomon. Verse 4:7 says: "you are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way." This verse really helped me and is such a sweet reminder to me today. Now I know am a beautiful woman of God and no one or no circumstance--such as divorce or insecurity--can tell me otherwise."
Happy Monday! Feeling a case of the Mondays? Well, let’s turn this start of the week around and start off giving our week to God. Spend some time in prayer for the things going on this week. Spend some time listening for how God might want to use you this week.
Read John 10.
I’m no shepherd, nor have I ever really been around sheep, but I think they’re pretty interesting. Have you ever noticed that Jesus refers to His people as sheep quite often? How’s it make you feel to be a sheep? I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I like being considered a sheep. I’ve always heard that sheep are pretty dumb. I don’t know much about sheep, so I looked up some sheep facts. Check some of these out:
- There are over 1 billion sheep in the world.
- China has the largest number of sheep in the world.
- Adult female sheep are known as ewes; Adult male sheep are known as rams.
- A group of sheep is known as a herd, flock or mob.
- Baby sheep are called lambs.
- Sheep like to stay close to others in a herd which makes them easier to move together to new pastures.
- In 1996, a sheep named Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from a somatic cell.
- A shepherd is a person who tends, herds, feeds, or guards mobs of sheep
- Sheep have poor eyesight, but an excellence sense of hearing.
I think it’s pretty fitting that yesterday we talked about Jesus healing the blind man and how He gives our life clarity and focus, while today we’re talking about animals that have poor eyesight. We need Jesus in our life to guard and guide us because we are spiritually blind. Jesus steps in so that our lives have meaning and purpose. We’re not just left wandering aimlessly.
Underline or circle verses 10 & 11.
What do these verses mean for your life?
Who is the enemy or thief?
What does Jesus say he came for in verse 10? “That you might have __________ and have it ____________.”
In this chapter, Jesus explains that He is the Good shepherd. He is the only way through the gate of salvation. His hope for each and every one of us is that we know Him, trust in Him because he is a good shepherd, and that we have a full, abundant life. The tricky thing is that there is an enemy – the Devil – lurking around trying to “steal, kill, and destroy.” He is sneaky and clouds our already poor vision. He tempts us with distractions and sins that might seem lovely, but only because we don’t have a clear vision.
My challenge to you today is to examine the areas of your life that you have let the enemy dress up in sheep’s clothing. What is the enemy and the world tempting you with that is keeping you from having an abundant life in Jesus? Is it too much time on social media, or binging the shows on Netflix that aren’t wholesome? What about the way you talk to your parents, siblings, and friends? Are you lacking integrity in your relationship with that boy? The list could go on and on. What do you need to give to Jesus today?
Are you following the Good Shepherd? Allow Him to give you clarity and clearer vision.