Sermon Review and Application
This week’s sermon, John 10, revolved around the metaphor of Jesus as the good shepherd. As the good shepherd, he has a close relationship with his sheep. He knows them by name. He even lays down his life for them. And if we ask the question what is behind Jesus’ relationship with his sheep, we realize that it is His close relationship with the father. The father knows Him and cares for him. Jesus does what he sees His father doing, so he knows the sheep and cares for them.
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The application is simple: trust Him as the good shepherd. So often we try to be the shepherd for our own lives. We try to order our lives around our perceived needs and priorities. At one level this isn’t a problem. We easily recognize that the utterly passive person who just lounges on the couch all day waiting for the shepherd to lead them somewhere is actually not following the Good Shepherd at all. But the question is, how do we respond when God throws in added complications or changes our plans altogether. For example, I had great plans for what I wanted to get done this week. I thought that God liked my plans. But then I got sick and one dentist trip turned into two. My first response was to resist and even to resent any interference with my plans. But I realize that this isn’t following the good shepherd at all.
Here are some application questions:
- How do you respond when God changes your plans?
- In what areas of your life to you “wander” off instead of following the good shepherd?
- Have you thought deeply about what it means to be one with Christ and share in His life, and does this impact how you think about yourself / your outlook on life?
- Are you willing to make serious and drastic adjustments to your life in order to follow the good shepherd?
For next week
Read John 11. Think especially about verses 5 and 6. Why is it that Jesus’ love for his friends actually motivates him to delay coming to them? What does this tell us about the way that God loves us?