John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
These words are in red in my Bible, which represents the spoken word of Jesus. He is the good shepherd. The one who lays down His life for us, His sheep.
This metaphor of a good shepherd pictures Jesus’ devoted care for his followers (us). He is constantly watching over us to guide and keep us from harm.
As sheep, we are best protected when we are close to the shepherd. Sheep that wander are in danger. The only safe place for a sheep is to be close to the shepherd. We are no different.
That is why we want to be mindful of being lukewarm. I love the sermon Pastor Taylor preached during the Christmas season where he spoke against the dangers of being a part-time church goer, a part-time follower of Christ. There are no days off in Christianity.
Be careful not to just be “samplers” or “nibblers” in faith or with Jesus. Our relationship with Christ has to mean everything or it really means nothing.
It’s not a category just like everything else in our life (work, school, hobbies, family, etc.). It’s Jesus with me at work; Jesus with me at school; Jesus and my family…
We stay close to Jesus, we don’t just visit every once in a while. Staying close keeps us safe (just like a sheep with a shepherd). Stay close to Jesus and all of the wolves in the world cannot get a tooth in you! The danger is when we stray…