Last month during the challenge, this Scripture began to open up and initiated the intrigue behind what it means to be a shepherd.
V2 says, the one who enters through the gate is the Shepherd of the sheep and v4 after He has gathered his own flock he walks ahead of them. We later read Jesus is the gate and He has come to save, provide freedom and good pastures, and give a rich and satisfying life.
A good shepherd will lay down their life for those they are responsible for, rather than abandon, scatter or look after them only for personal gain.
Here is a key today, verse 16 Jesus says He has other sheep, not yet in the sheepfold. He must bring them also. They will be one flock with one shepherd. THERE ARE OTHERS NOT YET IN THE FOLD.
How are they to be added to the fold, if Christ is not physically part of the earth? This is where we come in. Those of us whom He has already saved, given a new life, and provided a place of rest in Him. We now lay down our lives for those He entrusted to us, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.
We learned yesterday, both women and men are shepherds, it isn't reserved for one or the other. Today we see our role, tomorrow we'll go back to Ezekiel and begin to see just how important shepherding is to the Lord.