The rebellious sheep

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – the rebellious sheep

Shepard and sheep, a great analogy of relationship that Jesus says we are worthy of having. Being cared for, being protected, provided for and taught just like the relationship Jesus and his father have. Jesus says we are entitled to same relationship as a he does with God the creator, not more and not less. So if we are listening to his voice and are teachable then we are too are looking down the barrel of an intimate and special relationship with Jesus.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

Being a sheep is probably not a very esteemed goal in todays society, perhaps not even back in Jesus’ time either. So it’s going to take a piece of humility to take this disposition and instead of being the annoying rebellious sheep that goes off on his own way, doesn’t listen and gets himself in to all sorts of trouble, something has to change. All week I have heard my Shepard’s voice and still I wonder off on my own being rebellious. It’s time to come back in to line and start listening again and not just to pretend to do it. I am actually annoying myself by not listening, lucky my Shepard is patient!

Prayer:

Lord,
I hear your voice, take away my rebellious behaviours and give me a compliant heart.
I don’t know better than you.
The easy path is a lie, let me change direction back to you.
You are my protector, guide teacher and provider of all.
May I treat you with much more respect.
Amen

John 10:11-16

Jesus said:
‘I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd
and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away
as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man
and has no concern for the sheep.
‘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;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And there are other sheep I have
that are not of this fold,
and these I have to lead as well.
They too will listen to my voice,
and there will be only one flock,
and one shepherd.’