I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
Why does God refer to us as sheep?
In John 15, Jesus prays for his disciples and for the others who are not yet part of the sheepfold. And in John 10, He says that a hired servant would not be faithful to keep the flock. Sheep need to be cared for, directed, and corrected.
Our God is the Great Shepherd and we are His sheep. Shepherding was a familiar vocation in the time of Jesus. The Lord used this precise title to describe His attributes, character and relation to us. With research, I learned that when sheep go astray and get injured, the shepherd breaks its leg. This ensures that the sheep never goes astray again. Although the Bible doesn’t register such a thing, God’s love tells us that He will cause something convict us of never going astray, ever again.
It’s interesting that in the story of the lost sheep, we see the love of God in action. He leaves the 99 sheep, to go after the one which left. The Lord’s love is so great for us, that even if nobody sees our struggles: He is tending to us. We are worthy to God: so worthy that He would come after us, even when we are losing our way. Our God is such a Good Father that He uses our wrong choices, distractions and even ambivalence to correct and prune us.
The faithfulness of God is astounding: You are so valuable to God! It’s not about you! It’s about Him!
Thank you Lord, you are awesome God. We are honored to be yours God. Thank you for pruning, for correction and for so much love. We ask you for forgiveness for backsliding in any way, even if only our thoughts. I pray you strengthen each believer and give them a new revelation of who they are to you. May we walk in your love Almighty God. In Jesus name, Amen.