What do you follow?
In 2005 sheep were grazing while Turkish shepherds ate breakfast. Suddenly, one sheep jumped off a cliff. To the shepherds’ astonishment, one by one nearly 1,500 others leapt from the same spot.
In the end, 450 of them died. (The ones who lived were saved as the ones on the bottom absorbed their fall.) Those sheep belonged to 26 families and were valued at $100,000—a significant amount of money in a country where the average GDP per person is around $10,000 a year.
We can think those sheep were just dumb, but we aren’t any better. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on [Jesus] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
Whom are you following? Another dumb sheep? Fifteen hundred dumb sheep? Blindly putting your trust in your career, your income, or unhealthy relationships and behaviors can easily take you off the cliff. We’ve all done it, focused solely on ourselves and what we think is best.
This is why you need not follow just any shepherd, but the Good Shepherd. First, you want one who doesn’t get distracted while you’re in this world. More important, though, is that you need the Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep. Jesus jumped off the cliff and absorbed the Father’s wrath for you.
Now God calls you his sheep—and he gently and tenderly leads you.
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