I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
An elderly passenger in the airport security line just wanted to talk to someone. I was standing near him, so he started talking to me. Soon he shared something that was breaking his heart: his 20-year-old grandson had become a drug addict. He had dropped out of college and was living aimlessly, consumed by his deadly addiction.
“He was such a great boy, so bright and talented,” the man told me with deep sadness and love in his voice. I committed to pray for the young man and also for his whole family as they are seeking to help him. I also wanted to share today’s verses with the grieving man, but we lost track of each other as we passed through the security checkpoint.
Jesus calls himself the good shepherd who sacrifices his own life in order to save his lost sheep. That’s the power of God’s love! When we clearly see how lost we are and turn to Jesus Christ in repentance, he always finds us. He is there!
It doesn’t matter how bad or hopeless your circumstances are, there’s always hope. The good shepherd has already died for you, and he has risen from the dead! He is looking for you. He wants to give you a full life and fill your heart with thanksgiving. Will you answer his gracious call?
Father, we are so privileged and grateful to have your Son as our good shepherd! He leads us along your ways and gives us hope in the most desperate situations. Give us the wisdom to lean on him alone each day. Amen.
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