Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? Matthew 12:1-14 Consider this; what if you were a sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, would you not expect to see your shepherd lay hold of you and lift you out? If we treat each other with contempt, should we expect God to treat us with contempt as well? No – of course not. In the same way the Shepherd has a relationship with the sheep, God has a relationship with us. He will reach down and lift us up every single time. To the glory of His name, we too are called whenever possible, to lift each other up.
The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. John 10:1-18 Troubles come and troubles go. It’s not the wolf we have to worry about it’s the hired hand. Discern the voice that’s calling you, and know the way towards the open gate that draws you in to abundant life.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me… John 10:1-18
I once had a five year old child tell me one day in Sunday School class that he did not like being compared to a sheep because sheep were stupid animals and he wasn’t stupid. No doubt this kid was beyond his years but I can’t help wondering if the Pharisees felt this way about Jesus’ sheep metaphors. One thing is for certain, the sheep were at least smart enough to know when they were being called by the Good Shepherd. Perhaps sheep aren’t the brightest of animals, but if we can achieve half as much wisdom to know the Savior’s voice when he calls us, we can all be just as smart. I believe if we can learn to always hear God’s voice, the following will get easier; perhaps as easily as sheep.
John 10: 19-30 Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want