“You Can Turn to Him, instead of the world. “
The Gospels are full of stories of Jesus, teaching through analogies. Today, we’ll be looking at Jesus teaching about how He cares for us (as the shepherd) far more than any human could (the hired hand.)
While His use of analogies can be very frustrating … I mean, can’t you just spell it out plainly for us Jesus … But the thing I’ve come to understand is, Jesus was charged with making people understand concepts that were truly not of this world, and in many cases contradict human nature. We have no context with which to understand many of the principles He tries to teach.
So while there are several other, way more theological reasons for Jesus “speaking in riddles,” this is the one that makes the most sense to my heart.
“The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
”I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
What’s the point?
What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:
“You Can Turn To HIM, instead of the world.”
So often we find ourselves trusting people, trusting the world more than we trust God. As much as your spouse, parents, children, family members and friends love you – their love fails in comparison to that of God’s love for you.
As I read this story, I was reminded of how often I trust “the hired hand,” or the ways of this world. I worry about the thoughts and opinions of the people around me. I grab for my phone to call or text someone in times of trouble, instead of falling to my knees in prayer first.
Yes, Jesus did bless us with family and friends to help us along the journey, but they simply are the “hired hand,” doing the best that they can to help care for us, but the true “parent,” our real guardian and protector … is Jesus!
Unfortunately, we will all experience betrayal, get hurt, feel forgotten and alone while we are on this earth. Just as we try our best, but continually let others down, we too will be on the receiving end of “let down,” ourselves.
The thing to remember, is to show a little grace to those who have hurt you, and remember that you, too, do the same on a daily basis. As humans we were NOT created to be ALL for one another. Only Jesus can fill that hole in your heart.
Step back, and really praise Jesus for being your shepherd, and ask Him to help you rest in that security.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.
We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.
So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?
I’d love to hear from you!
If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!