Pride and ego don’t make very good shepherds.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep (John 10:14-15 ESV).
Sheep need a shepherd. They constantly go astray without one. It’s just their nature.
You and I do the same thing when we try to figure out life on our own. We go astray. That was me. Regardless of how smart I thought I was, or how much I believed I was in control, I had a hard time staying on the right path.
So often, I leaned on my pride and ego to shepherd me through life. Pride and ego don’t make very good shepherds. In fact, they caused me to go astray instead of keeping me safe.
But Jesus is different. He is the good shepherd, your good shepherd.
He laid down His life for you and secured you as His own.
He knows you and you know His voice.
He leads you down the right paths. He restores your soul.
Sheep need a shepherd to keep them safe and secure. We have the best Shepherd. His voice is clear, and he has given us ears to hear and hearts that are willing to follow.
So let me encourage you today to follow him, the Shepherd and overseer of your soul.
You have a shepherd. His name is Jesus. He cares for you, protects you, and will never lead you astray. Come to him, rely on him, and rest in his perfect plan for you.
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May these words from Peter encourage and embolden you in your walk with Christ.
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