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Who’s Your Shepherd?

I am the Good Shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.  John 10:11

In drinking in the truth of Jesus as the Good Shepherd while studying John 10, I’m freshly gripped by the truth that Jesus IS the ONLY Good Shepherd. 

Most of you may be thinking, well of course He is.  But I’m saying to you, no, He REALLY is.  All too often we see leaders,  pastors or someone who has impacted our life as our Good Shepherd.  No one is the Good Shepherd except Jesus. 

Take a peek with me at Ezekiel and see what we can glean from chapter 34.  The Lord is addressing the shepherds of Israel and saying Woe to you who only take care of yourselves.  He then goes out to list all the things the shepherds didn’t do to care for their flock.

  • Shepherds clothed themselves and didn’t take care of the flock
  • Shepherds didn’t strengthen the weak
  • Shepherds didn’t heal the sick
  • Shepherds didn’t bind up the injured
  • Shepherds didn’t bring back the strays
  • Shepherds didn’t search for the lost
  • Shepherds ruled harshly and brutally.
  • Shepherds didn’t go out and find the sheep who were scattered.

I look at this and my heart sinks.  Truth is we blow it!  While we try to care for others well, we unintentionally fall short.

 We are all guilty of not caring for those around us in some way or another

Whether you’re a mom, boss, ministry leader, teacher, pastor or in any way responsible for caring for others, these shepherding responsibilities are for you too.  I remember telling a  friend of mine after hearing how others hurt her, “I would never hurt you” and really meaning it.  Guess what, I did.  It was awful and humbling.

The Lord continues in Ezekiel 24 stating He will hold the shepherds accountable for failing to shepherd the sheep and that He Himself will be their Shepherd.  This is good news!  Let’s look at what God does for His sheep.

  • God will search for his sheep
  • God will look after his sheep
  • God will rescue his sheep
  • God will gather his sheep
  • God will bring the sheep into their own land
  • God will tend his sheep in a good pasture
  • God will search for the lost and straying sheep
  • God will bind up the injured sheep
  • God will strengthen the weak sheep
  • God will shepherd with justice
  • God will judge between his sheep
  • God will save his flock
  • God will make a covenant of peace with his sheep

Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, does all of this for every one of us perfectly!  He is the one to whom we must listen and follow.  When we embrace this truth of Jesus as the only Good Shepherd, we will look to Jesus to lead us, guide us and go only where He leads.  We’ll find ourselves less disappointed with leaders, friends, churches and pastors because while God so often speaks through them, we won’t be hinging our steps on them.

This passage brings both a warning and freedom.  We are held accountable for how we care for others.  Don’t kid yourself ~ it definitely matters to God how you treat people.  Freedom points all to the One Good Shepherd.

If you’re a leader longing for people to follow you, you’re setting yourself up to a standard you can’t keep.  It’s not about leaders, it’s about Jesus.  Good leaders lead people to Jesus, the only Good Shepherd.

When we find ourselves frustrated with people, we may want to ask ourselves “are we looking to them for what only the Good Shepherd can give?”   If so,  run into the loving arms of the Good Shepherd! He will faithfully lavish His perfect care on you like no one else can.

God Elects!

Let everyone be subject to governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. ~ Romans 13:1

Today it begins.  The race to secure the nomination for the presidential race kicks off in Iowa.  I must admit, I’ve been glued to the debates, listening to the press and doing my best to gain insight and wisdom about each of the candidates.  It’s frustrating, gripping, and might I add, addicting.  Praise God for the Holy Spirit, who, in His faithful fashion brings peace to the depths of this anxious soul through the words of Romans 13:1 “for there is no authority except that which God has established”

Ultimately, the candidates can say what they want; stand for what they want, and tell us what they want but in the end there is no greater peace than the assurance that God who is Sovereign over all things is ultimately the One who will establish the office of President.  There is no perfect candidate but there is a perfect God who will sovereignly rise up the one He has called to serve for this time.

The challenge comes then to believe (trust and commit) God indeed is in control as He says and to behave in a way that aligns with what we say we believe.   Will we bite our tongues and respect the authority God establishes even when it’s not who we would pick or one we think will bring us into ruin as a nation?  Truth is we don’t know all God knows and we don’t see all God sees and His plans are beyond political agendas even though He works through them.  The greater challenge is to continue to trust God, live out His commands, show proper respect and honor regardless who wins.

God doesn’t promise godly leaders.  We see in the Old Testament kings rising and falling all by the hand of God.  Some were God honoring and pleasing to Him, others were not.  God wasn’t less in charge when ungodly leaders rose up.  God continues to move His plan. Some leaders start out good but stray, others start out far from God and become God honoring during their reign.  We can’t afford to lose hope in the One putting these leaders in charge.  We also can’t let politics divide the body of Christ.  The only way to halt this downward divide among Christ followers is to look at our Leader, Jesus Christ, and act in a way that honors Him.  It’s a challenge.  We want our say, we want our views, we want our way…but scoffing isn’t the way to shine light into a broken world.  In a world full of disrespect, and dishonor, our lights will blaze brightly as we fix our eyes on the One who truly is our Authority.  He promises the authorities He establishes are for our good….even when we can’t see it.  We must put our trust in the One who holds all offices in His hand and praise Him that no matter who wins the election, our King is higher and He is faithful to guide His people.   Believing God establishes authorities will keep us from devouring and biting one another and instead free us to love and honor trusting our Faithful God who IS in control.


LORD, help me to live a life that honors you even when my flesh wants to scream, this cannot be!  Give me  faith to know that no matter what is happening around me, You are in control.  Help me to show honor and respect to the candidates because it honors and respects You.  Help me stand firm and secure in your truth and not be tempted or enticed to jump on bandwagons that divide your people against each other.  Give me eyes to see, ears to hear and wisdom to understand who you want me to vote for.  Don’t let me be swooped into the hype and not honor you in this hard fought right to vote.  Thank you for placing me in a country where we do have a say, where our cases are heard and where we can speak freely.  Let my freedom of speech be used to glorify You and respect others.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Embracing it!

  • How  does knowing God establishes authorities change how you will respond to all the hype in the race for president?