Scripture: John 10:1-16
Observation: Jesus speaks to the crowd at the Festival of Dedication, describing himself as a good shepherd who makes us right with the Father through faith, who protects us, and who gives us eternal life.
Application: Do you ever feel like you just wander through life, waiting for something to happen or just watching things happen around you? Do you feel like you’re lacking direction, purpose, a calling? Do you feel like you’re always moving – sometimes forward, sometimes back – but you’re not really going anywhere?
I’ve been there; I think we all have. We’re going through the motions, we’re doing all the things – the pick ups and drop offs and to dos and should dos – but we still feel like lost wanderers.
We're sheep in human bodies. Unless they have a shepherd, sheep spend their lives wandering aimlessly – always moving, but never with a clear direction or purpose. Without a shepherd, sheep are unprotected – no one is there to watch over them, guide them, chase after them when they’re off track.
Just like sheep, we need a shepherd. That’s why Jesus came – to be our shepherd.
“’I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father.’” (v. 14-15)
He leads us into the unknown. He points the way when we’re not quite sure where to go. He puts up roadblocks when there’s danger ahead. He cares for us when we’re lost, hurting, or hopeless. And if we ever stray from him or his purpose for our lives, he chases after us relentlessly.
If you feel like you’re wandering today or just aren’t quite sure where to go next, remember that Jesus is there to point you back to the path he’s already laid out for you. He’ll lead you, guide you, and give you purpose. Follow his voice.
When you have Jesus, you are never alone.
Prayer: God, thank you for sending the good shepherd to guide me. As I try to figure out what’s next for me, as I wrestle through what my true purpose and calling is, guide me. Lead me. Help me find space in my life to hear your voice and give me the courage and confidence to follow your way. Amen.