How to Follow the Good Shepherd (Part 3)

Anastasiya Gorski

May 15, 2024

Now that you and I know more about the shepherd's life from parts 1 and 2 of this devotional series, we can see why Jesus identified Himself with such a seemingly unremarkable profession. Our Lord humbled Himself out of love and devotion for His sheep (that's you!). Now, what is your role in the shepherd-sheep relationship?

what is your role as god's sheep?

I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

Across the world, shepherds work all day, all year. When asked how much time he spends away from his wife, one Georgian shepherd answered, “365 days. I am a visitor in my home.” 

What does this metaphor reveal about what Jesus gives you as your shepherd? He gives you everything, down to His very life. Jesus carries heavy burdens for you. Your role as His sheep is tiny, when compared to His. Your role is simply to follow His voice.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

how can you follow the good shepherd?

One shepherd I read about was brand new to shepherding. He described his first two weeks of diligently pouring into every sheep, yet his sheep would not come near him.

After two weeks of daily feedings, this shepherd called his sheep again, and, suddenly, he heard loud bleating for the first time in response. He watched them kick up dirt as they leapt and ran full speed toward him! They had learned to know his voice.

When Jesus saved me from new age spirituality, after years of consulting spiritual practices that were not God's will, my heart pounded at the thought of the enemy deceiving me again. I asked my friend, “How can you discern God's voice?”

“The best way to discern God's voice is to know His written voice,” she told me.

New to Christianity, I realized it would take time to grow familiar with the Bible. It takes time to grow in intimacy, trust, and relationship with God, and it is only through daily immersion in His Word that my fear of the enemy's deception fell away, and I learned the truth of Jesus' words: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Weekly Challenge

I want to encourage you this week to continue immersing yourself in God's voice, especially through His written Word. Fat-tailed sheep in Israel walk by faith, not by sight, when they follow the voice of their shepherd. No matter whether you feel like you are in the back of God's flock today, you are bleating right behind Him, or you are wading through thick fog, you can rely on His voice to guide you forward. Even when He seems to be out of your sight. Pray that the Lord opens your ears, making you attentive to His promptings every day.