What Jesus Did! 'His Sheep' — John 10:11-13

Monday, July 16, 2018

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. The worker that is paid to keep the sheep is different from the shepherd. The paid worker does not own the sheep. So when the worker sees a wolf coming, he runs away and leaves the sheep alone. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The man runs away because he is only a paid worker. He does not really care for the sheep."
— John 10:11-13 NLT
Illustration of John 10:11-13 NLT —  The paid worker does not own the sheep.

Key Thought

Will God run? Yes, he will run to meet us when we return to him from rebellion! Will Jesus run? No, he will not run away from us when we are in danger or face hardships and attacks. They both love us intensely and want us safe and home with them and will do anything and everything we will let them do to make sure that happens. Don't let the evil one make you doubt God's love. Human shepherds are fallible and will sometimes stumble, fall, and let us down. Our heavenly Shepherd, however, will not fail us, will seek and find us, and has already paid the horrible price required to ransom us from sin, death, and destruction.

Today's Prayer

O Father, may I never ever outlive my love for you. May I never doubt your love and steadfast care. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 15:9-17
  • Ezekiel 34:7-10
  • Psalm 23:4


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.