“When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36).
Truthfully, doesn’t that describe all of us?
We all set our eyes on something that we think will bring us fulfillment. The dream job, children, the perfect relationship, the padded bank account. Sometimes, the dream isn’t even extravagant. It’s simply believing that something in particular will be the “magic” pill that will fulfill us-no more debt, affirmation that we have value, a restored relationship, an apology.
The problem is that we follow the wrong path. We may find short term fulfillment along the way but then what?
As humans, we all are seeking a shepherd. Even if we don’t know that’s what we need.
How do we see people? Do we see each others though Jesus lens?
In our digital group specific world, it becomes all too easy to compartmentalize those in our spheres. Do we see those with whom we differ or disagree as “them” or fellow sheep?
Jesus wants his sheep to find him.
Jesus says this in John 10: “8-9 “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture.
Pastor Scotty Smith writes, “Our greatest need today is the gospel… not being understood or having people “get us”; not being vindicated or appreciated; not having more money or less stress; not having children that make us proud or a spouse that loves us well; not a different body or a different job.”
How do we help other sheep find the way?
Lost people are everywhere. This week, as you go about your days, pray for God to open up your senses. Practice finding those opportunities and engage. Practice being open to God interrupting your agenda.
As humans, we all are seeking a shepherd. Even if we don’t know that’s what we need. May we enter the pasture show where he is found.
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