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Bread of Life Devotionals
THE BURNING BUSH DOMINION CHURCH INC.
Date: Saturday, December 26th, 2020
Topic: I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Bible Reading: John 10:11-14
📖11….”I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
📖12….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.
📖13….The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
📖14….I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”
🔥To be a Christian is a call to both be Shepherded, and then become a Shepherd of others. The call of follow me and I will make you fishers of men by Jesus in Matthew 4:19, was to make the followers shepherds. The moment a believer falls short of either being shepherded or Shepherding others, he becomes good for nothing; like salt that has lost its savour… Matthew 5:13. This is also connected to the great commission of making disciples of all nations in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus came as the good Shepherd to save and lead us from the Adamic death, to the safety in Christ. The leadership of Christ as a good Shepherd is effective only if the sheep obey him.
🔥🔥Jesus is not just a Shepherd, but he is a good Shepherd. What makes Jesus a good Shepherd is that, he considers the sheep his Father sent him to come and save as his own sheep. So, he agreed to give his life, for the sheep to be saved. When a minister in charge of souls betrays the trust the souls have on him during trying times, by not caring for them, such minister becomes a hireling. Unlike the hirelings, Jesus wasn’t sent by God to enrich himself as a Shepherd through the souls, but to become poor for the sheep to be rich…2 Corinthians 8:9.
🔥🔥🔥Shepherds become hirelings because of the love of money; which leads them to make gods out of their bellies…Philippians 3:18-19, through minding earthly glories. This was what led Judas Iscariot to trade his master for money. Jesus as a Shepherd, became the good Shepherd when he minded his duty more than personal gains: hence Satan’s temptations couldn’t make him to fall in Matthew 4:3-11. Beloved Shepherds with God’s flock, even though the wolves come in the form of money, don’t get carried away, by deserting the flocks. Fight like David until the Lord gives you the power to kill the lion and the bear.
🙏Perfect Redeemer, prevent me from falling short of being an acceptable follower of yours, and shepherd of your flocks, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏Dependable Father, build in me, the mind, heart and spirit to fight for your flocks as David fought to save the kids from the lion and the bear, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏🙏O Lord, subdue my appetite for money as a believer, that can be detrimental to other believers and myself in the faith, in Jesus’ name.
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