July 8, 2015 – The Shepherd is Roaming

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“You are not what you think you are. What you think, you are.” Unknown

     In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gave the parable of the lost sheep.  The iconic story tells of how the rebellious animal left the fold and wondered in the wilderness.  Sheep, by nature, are dumb and disoriented.  There are no inherent qualities a sheep has that would lead him back to the shepherd.  It was for this reason the good shepherd left his fold and entered into the dangerous terrain of the wilderness.  The sheep would never be able to find the shepherd; the shepherd would have to find the sheep.

To be certain, we did not find the Lord, the Lord found us.  As Isaiah said, “We all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6).  Even if we wanted to, we possess no abilities or qualities that would enable us to find Him.  But, being the Good Shepherd that He is, Christ left the splendor of Heaven, entered the wilderness of this world, with one purpose in mind: To seek and the save that which is lost.

     Without Christ we are eternally and hopelessly lost, but with Him we are found in good standing among the flock of God.

Daily Reading: Psalm 119:89-176