Wishing everyone a most wonderful Easter!
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay.
I will keep the name THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK (PART 2) for the remainder of the posts in this series. If you haven’t read Part 1 here is the link. I will include the link to the previous post in each one as I continue with this series.
Yesterday’s post explained that the first step in being in the flock of a shepherd is getting to “know” the shepherd. The shepherd must spend time with the sheep daily and sometimes through the night so he can get to know his flock and they can get to know him. When the knowing is there, there is comfortability and a feeling of safety on the flock’s part.
In the book I read before (A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23) it talks about how absolutely dependent sheep are on their shepherd and how the shepherd delights in caring for his flock. This book is available from Amazon – if you click one of the Amazon links down on the left side of this website you can purchase it. It will bless you tremendously! This is an excerpt from that book:
“…I would, as their owner, have to continually lay down my life for them if they were to flourish and prosper. Sheep do not “just take care of themselves” as some might suppose. They require, more than any other class of livestock, endless attention and meticulous care.” “It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep. …” “… Yet despite these adverse characteristics, Christ chooses us, buys us, calls us by name, makes us His own, and delights in caring for us.”
Jesus, knowing our weaknesses, still chose to die for us. He loved us even then. But moreover, He arose for us! He left His Spirit for us as a Guide. It is that Spirit that helps you understand the Word of God too. That is our food. Sheep need nice green pastures free from rocks, poisonous plants and harmful critters. The Holy Spirit helps us understand that The Word of God is our food and He helps us understand and digest what God wants us to know. If you “graze” on The Word and let it sink deep into your soul you will feel satisfied and nourished. Sometimes it will make you feel as though you are never full though. I am always longing for more of The Word. The Bible talks about “Spiritual Milk” or “Spiritual Meat”.
1 Corinthians 3:2 – 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
God provides Spiritual food for us to grow and flourish on just as the shepherd provides the best meadows to graze in. About 3 years ago I began to desire The Word of God. I wanted to know more about this Spiritual Food. I wasn’t necessarily a “new Christian” but as far as my walk with God, it wasn’t where it should have been. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 that we will desire The Word just like a newborn baby desires milk. 1 Peter 2:2 – 2 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a]”
To me reading the Bible is like the sheep munching and resting in the comfort of the peaceful meadow with grass knee high and swaying in the breeze. Now when I was starting out reading the Bible, it was like Spiritual milk. As I grew in my walk with The Lord, I began to want more than just milk. God, in His infinite wisdom, began to reveal things to me in His Word and in my life that has helped me grow. Good Spiritual food and daily communication with The Good Shepherd helped me grow and flourish.
God cares about what we put in our minds. His Word is what is best to feed our spirit. If we fill our minds with things of the world, we will not have room for the things of God. Feeding on His Word will fill our minds and souls with the things of God. The Bible tells us to fill our minds with good things in Philippians 4:8 – 8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” As Christians we should be in The Word daily so we can grow and flourish. If the shepherd of the flock had rocky, weedy places for his sheep they would die. Same with us, if we, as God’s flock, are not in the lush meadow of The Word that He has provided for us then we die spiritually. There is a lot more than just reading The Word, too. Prayer, fellowshipping with other believers, serving where you can, etc. is part of growing and flourishing. We must connect with God and stay connected with God (stay in “The Vine”) to grow and flourish.
I challenge you, as we walk on this journey with the Good Shepherd, to begin reading The Word of God. Reach out to God and pray. Find a place to serve and enjoy the wonderful growth that God has in store for you.
More to come tomorrow on THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. Tomorrow is Part 3. Looking forward to see what God has in store for us tomorrow.
The Song – This is My Word – The Singing Men of North Central Texas