Today's Verse: John 10:11

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
— John 10:11
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

The Bible uses the term "shepherd" for different kinds of Godly leaders. Only One, however, is the quintessential good Shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6; John 10:11-18). We follow this Shepherd because he values us above his own life — "The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Jesus shows us that the heart of godly leadership is loving sacrifice, not a status-seeking privilege, and it is caring service, not a selfish attention-seeking position (1 Peter 5:1-4). As God's sheep, we are saved because Jesus IS our Good Shepherd who laid down his life to us to bring us home safely to God!

My Prayer...

Holy and sacrificial Father, I am humbled to silence by your plan to have Jesus be Lord and Lamb, Shepherd and Sacrifice. Thank you for giving me life through his death. Thank you for showing me leadership through his example. I offer you my undying thanks in Jesus' name. Amen.

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About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.