Like Sheep

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How would you describe mankind? Ok, I admit it; that’s a heavy question. Or is it?

The Bible describes us as being like sheep…straying sheep to be precise. In the 53rd chapter of Isaiah we’re told, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6). So, God describes us as wanderers wandering about seeking satisfaction and direction.

The verse informs us we’re all travelling our own roads and doing things our own way. In other words, we’re doing what we want, where we want, whenever we want, with whomever we want, and however we want. God’s ways are not considered as we traverse our path.

We may feel free living independently of God, but the truth is sheep without a shepherd are very helpless and defenceless animals. Their entire well-being is dependent upon the diligent and loving care of a shepherd.

The same is true of every single one of us. And here is where we should take a moment to consider Christ.

Let’s begin with His compassion. One day, when He was on earth He saw something that moved Him to compassion. What did He see? Jesus saw multitudes of people without strength, without direction, and without a shepherd. The scene is described in the following way: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36).

He still sees the same scene today. And it still moves Him to compassion.

But you see Jesus wasn’t and isn’t someone who just saw and felt sorry for people. He did something about what He saw. In fact, He told us rescuing lost sheep (lost people) is the whole reason He came to this earth. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” He said (Luke 19:10).

Can I personalize this for minute? Jesus sees you wandering about aimlessly and desperately seeking, “a shepherd” to guide you and it breaks His heart. He wants you to know that the whole reason He died on the cross was to save you. Remember, sheep are helpless and defenceless without a shepherd and we are helpless and defenceless without Jesus Christ, “the good shepherd” (John 10:11).

Jesus Said There's More to Life

How do you feel about life right now? Are you 100% content or do you often feel as though something is missing? How would you complete the following statement: If only I _____ then my life would be more satisfactory?

Doesn’t it seem as though we spend an excessive amount of time seeking more out of life? Our life seems to be a non-stop quest for more happiness, more fulfilment, and even more things. At times our pursuit is successful. Or is it? Isn’t it true that even when successful in our quest, our enjoyment is a momentary enjoyment?

Well, have you ever considered what Jesus said about this non-stop quest? He said, “The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment” (Luke 12:23). In other words, there is more to life than food, fashion, fortune, fame, and fun.

We are people who have dire spiritual needs; spiritual needs only Jesus Christ can provide. Again, listen to what He Himself said:

“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

Did you notice Christ promised that those who go to Him will never hunger or thirst? Then there are His words found in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus promised to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Do you believe He is able to satisfy your spiritual longings? If He can’t, who else can? Friend, if you’re tired of the endless pursuit for satisfaction, then why not accept the Lord Jesus’ invitation to find rest in Him?