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Follow Today's reading : Jeremiah 3-4 ; John 11
KNOW THE STORY YOU’RE LIVING IN
We are reading from the New Living Translation.
I hope you caught it – the story of God. I hope this story of God catches you. Jesus comes to teach us how to live in God’s story. It’s the story of a good and loving Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. And we can be his sheep. He invites us to live in that story. He tells us very plainly here, that he gathers his sheep. He gathers them in through the gate and brings them into the sheepfold. He rescues the sheep from danger and brings them under his care. Then he calls out the sheep from the sheepfold…by name! He knows them by name! We’re told that he walks ahead of the sheep, leading them out into the world. The sheep follow him because they know his voice. They run from any other voice because they’ve learned to depend on the shepherd. He says,
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.(Jn 10:27 NLT)
Just like sheep, the Shepherd, Jesus, is our source of life. He’s rescued us, called us out into the world, by name, and gifted us. So we walk out with the Shepherd, letting him lead us, each step of the way. This is the Story of God. Jesus is teaching us, in this story, how to live in his Story of life, abundant life. In this story of rescue, there is danger. There’s a thief that wants to steal, kill and destroy the flock. But we, His sheep, are known by name, and when we learn to live in the story of God, by the power of God, we will experience deliverance from this thief who wants to kill us. And it will be the Good Shepherd who delivers and protects us. We will experience a rich and satisfying life, under his care. Jesus says:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (Jn 10:10 NASB)
He wants us to learn how to live in this story. The only way we can, is to gather under his care, hear him call us out by name into this world, with purpose, understanding what he has made us for. We must learn to depend on him each step of the way, as he leads us, following his voice each day, training our souls to hear him. He is a good shepherd who has laid down his life for us – his sheep, whose names he knows. He’s called us out into this pasture – this world- and has given us a purpose. You and I are invited into the story of God, so that we might have life.
Rejoice in the Story today by listening to his voice and following him wherever he leads you. Thank Him for rescuing you and knowing you!
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