WITHOUT A SHEPHERD
9:35-38 Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their
synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease
and every sickness. 36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them,
because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He
said to His disciples, "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.
38Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest"
So often in our
lives, we wonder aimlessly in our day to day routines as though we have nowhere
to go but here. We have nothing to do except what we always done, and no one
else to be except who we are now. But, the Bible teaches us something different.
God calls us to be more than just here. He calls us to be His follower, His
servant, His disciple – Sold out to Jesus - Growing in Him.
The reason we
often don’t know where to go, what to do, or that we even have anywhere else we
need to go, is because we are SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. When we try to run our
own lives, our own religion, or maintain our own comfortable way. We become our
own shepherd. But, sheep cannot lead themselves. They must be led.
In Matthew 9:36,
Jesus looked to the crowds and "had compassion on them, because they
were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd" (HCSB) Jesus
had come to be their shepherd, just as He has come to be ours. But, we must let
Him lead us.
things that Jesus teaches us by His words and example in verses 35-38. First,
we see Jesus teaching, preaching, and sharing the gospel. He was concerned for
the spiritual needs of the people. Second, He cared for the physical
needs by "healing every disease and sickness." Third....and
this is the one that really gets us....He instructed His followers to DO THE
SAME. If they (and we) were to be His sheep, He expected them to follow His
example and lead others where He was leading them.
So many people we
know are wondering aimlessly through life as "sheep without a
shepherd." If we are truly following the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, we
must also be following His example, authority, and compassion and we gather the
harvest by leading others to our Shepherd. We cannot lead others as the Great
Shepherd can. But, we can lead them to the Great Shepherd. If we are not willing
to do that – we ourselves are "sheep without a shepherd." Will you
follow Him and lead others to Him as well? Be His follower. Be His sheep.
*Copyright (January, 2002); James C. Guy – all rights reserved.
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