Brought Back Into The Fold

February 19, 2022

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, just as the Father knows me,
and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.”

John 10:14-15

Written by Steve Blume from the Avenue South Campus

A Shepherd Who Cares

In this chapter, Jesus uses the great image of a shepherd leading His flock, securing them in the sheep pen for safety, and then guarding them against thieves and robbers. He also explains how a hired hand who does not own the sheep will leave when faced with danger. However, when the sheep are His, a good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for them, that they would be brought back into the fold.

He says He knows us and we know Him—but how? This assurance can only come through a relationship based on our trust in Him as our shepherd who protects us.

Prone To Wander

Just like sheep, we sometimes wander off. Have you ever drifted down a sinful path that you knew was dangerous? Can you recall a season where you doubted your faith? Have you questioned things you believed all your life after reading something that was convincingly going in a different direction

Do you find yourself too busy to talk to Jesus, moving away from your daily relationship? Even Mother Teresa disclosed her own doubts at times, so it’s not just you.

The Shepherd Who Searches

Free will is a double-edged sword, offering us humans the ability to make our own decisions; yet at the same time, we are accountable for the bad ones. Wandering out in the darkness is scary and lonely, but we do not have to be lost; our Shepherd is out there searching for us.

He tells us how important each one of us is to Him: “If someone has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go and search for the stray?” (Matthew 18:12)

Once you belong to Jesus, you are His forever. If you wander off, He is looking for you. When you cry out and He finds you, there is no scolding or punishment. He embraces you and welcomes you back into the fold with overwhelming joy. Rest safely, knowing He loves you so much that He was willing to lay down His life for you.

What Now?

Take a moment to consider where you are on the path. Have you wandered off? Imagine yourself as a child, your parent so excited to have brought back home safely. Remember that this is how the Father views you as His child. Think of ways you can share the story of our Good Shepherd with others who need it most.

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