The Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away… I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” – John 10:11-15
How often do we run in the opposite direction to where we should run? I know I do far too often!
Last week we saw our students compete in Inter-school Cross Country for the first time, and we are immensely proud of the achievement and attitude of the students involved. As I attended this event and saw hundreds of students running, it was not uncommon to see students run the wrong way and go off-course.
It is a good image for us to remember. Jesus calls us to his path – a path that encourages us to do God’s work in the manner in which He calls. Sadly, we are often too busy running our own race, trying to meet our own goals, or following fellow sheep who are lost themselves. We run off the path and find ourselves off-course in the ‘race’ of life.
Jesus is our Good Shepherd – one who never runs from us or fails to direct us. This makes it clear that Jesus cares for us not out of duty or for personal gain. He gives his life out of love for the people in his flock, something which we do well to recall.
May we seek to be continually guided by God’s direction as demonstrated through the life of Christ. When we get off-course, let us seek God’s grace and get back into seeking to do our best each day to love God and his people a little more.
May we be constantly aware of God’s peace as we share the Good News with our brothers and sisters.