A shepherd and his sheep have a very close relationship. The shepherd is responsible for his sheep. He provides for them by meeting their needs of food, water and rest. He protects them since they cannot defend themselves. He leads and directs them on the path and to the place he has for them.
According to John 10, we learn some things about the special relationship between the shepherd and the sheep. John 10:3 says that the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and he leads them. In John 10:11 it says the shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
What do we learn about the sheep? John 10:14 says the sheep know the shepherd and he knows them. John 10:3 says the sheep hear the voice of the shepherd. In John 10:4,5 it says the sheep follow the shepherd as he goes before them. The sheep will not follow a stranger. The sheep learn to trust the shepherd.
Psalm 23 points out that we need to make sure that the Lord Jesus is our shepherd. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd…” This emphasizes a close, personal relationship. Romans 10:9 says that we need to confess Jesus as Lord of our life.
As sheep, we must know the shepherd. Not just “know about” Him, but know Him! (Philippians 3:10) We must listen (hear the voice) of the shepherd. We need to follow (obey) the shepherd and trust Him completely.
Jesus, the good shepherd has laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:11). I encourage you to make sure that the Lord is your Shepherd!
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