John 10:3 "The gatekeeper opens the gate for him and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."
There are many different kinds of sheep. However, a shepherd is well versed in what each kind needs. Scripture tells us that the Lord knows each one of us by name. I don't know about y'all, but I can't help but be filled with joy that my Lord knows me, and not just me, but He knows you too!
Most of us are familiar with the passage in Psalms 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." We've recited it since we were young. I didn't grow up in church, however, I knew it. But what does it really mean to acknowledge the Lord as your shepherd?
Because the Lord is my Shepherd:
I let Him lead me.
It's one thing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life. It's another thing to let go and allow Him to lead you. As humans, we want to do things our way. We feel that we know what is best for us. But allowing Jesus to lead you says that you are relinquishing control, trusting that God knows best. When I let go, I move myself out of the way and allow God to step in and do what He does, be God. Letting God lead you allows the Holy Spirit to step in and drive you to where you need to go. You need only to be obedient! When God says go, go! When He says move, move! When He says speak, speak! When He says no, NO! Letting Jesus lead means yielding to what you want, and following what He wants for your life.
2. I have guidance
Mark 6:34 reads, "Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things." Praise God that we have a Lord who sees our weaknesses with compassion and chooses to guide and teach us. Sheep are known for getting themselves into mess. They can fall and get stuck on their backs and get stuck and are easily frightened. For these reasons, they, and we too, need a shepherd. Before we knew we needed a shepherd, he knew we needed him! Before we knew what being saved meant, he began teaching us many things. Our shepherd, Jesus Christ, is constantly leading us to Him through the Holy Spirit.
3. I have all I need
Because we acknowledge the Lord as my shepherd, and because I let him lead me, I have everything I need. Psalm 23:1 states that the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Another translation reads "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." I truly believe that when we yield ourselves to God, we will lack nothing. I look back at times in my life and I can honestly say that I needed for nothing, because God provided everything. GLORY!
I think about all of the animals Jesus could have referred to us as. However, he chose sheep. Sheep need a shepherd to keep them out of unnecessary trouble, keep them fed, and guide them on the correct paths. Much like sheep, we need Jesus for these things and even more.
Lord, we thank you. Thank you for being our shepherd. Thank you that because you are our shepherd, we have everything we need according to life and godliness. We move ourselves out of the way, and allow you to lead us. Thank you for knowing us each by name. As your call our names, we will follow you. We say yes to you, today and always. In Jesus Name, Amen.