By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: John 10:1-18
Scripture Quote: “I have other sheep too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also and they will listen to my voice and there will be one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:14-16 (NLT)
A hired man will tend sheep for pay, but the true shepherd owns his sheep and does it out of love because he is committed to them. Jesus did not merely fulfill prophecy; he did everything that He did out of His abundant love for us. He was 100% willing to reach as many as He could while He was with us and then to pass the message of good news on to his apostles.
People tend to build fences. We like to section places off and make them our own, disinterested in what takes place outside our small realms. We think our own little section or group is blessed of God while the others are not - But Jesus will never be limited by our pathetic barriers. He wants to bless all His sheep, from every corner of the world. Christ’s glorious kingdom will come only after that last lost sheep has been found and brought into the flock.
Meditation for the day: No one could have killed Jesus without His consent and no one can speed up or alter in any way His plan for His church.
Memory Verse: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 (NLT)