Learning from the God Shepherd
by Apostle (Prof) Johnson Suleman
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Amos 3-4
TEXT: ”I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.” – John 10 :11 – 12.
Jesus Christ, our perfect example, who is the good shepherd revealed one of His outstanding qualities in taking care of the sheep of His pasture in our text of emphasis which made none that the Father committed to Him to be plucked out of His hands. He kept all and delivered all to the Father and also wants us to do same in whatever has been committed into our hands. As the Father had sent Him, so also He has sent us (John 17 :18). He says in John 14 :12; that we are to do greater works than He did because from above through His spirit He helps us.
What quality of the good shepherd should we emulate? The good shepherd commits his life to the well being of the sheep. He sees the sheep as his own acting in the place of the Father, hence as the Father would have taken care of the sheep that is how he does. To him the care of the sheep is his purpose, his assignment, not just a job or what he just engages in as the hireling. The hireling does not commit his life to the sheep as the owner. He sees himself as a hirer of which he truly is, and does not risk his for the sheep because they are not his. Hence when there is a danger, he flees not caring for the sheep.
If as children of God, we want to achieve greater results and make a generational impact, we must operate in the spirit of the good shepherd in whatever is committed into our hand or what we have been assigned to do. We are to go all out for it to succeed not partially committed because we are not the actual visioner, owner, or the sent man of that ministry, business or enterprise. The visioner or owner should be at peace in whatever he left in your care with an assurance of receiving a good report from us always. When we operate as such, then we truly like our LORD and Master, the good shepherd.
PRAYER: My Father! My Father! As I begin to pray, possess me with the spirit of the good shepherd in all you have committed to my care….
Omega Fire Devotional 19 September 2021 Rhema for Living Daily Devotional from the Desk of Apostle (Prof) Johnson Suleman, Omega Fire Ministries International, Auchi Edo State