9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:9-10
“What is your security?” & “Who is your security?”
On Sunday our friend Kyle Reese spoke from John 10. God challenged me with these two questions Kyle asked us: “What is your way in?” and “What is your security?” Later Kyle refocused us just as Jesus refocused His listeners to the greater issue of “who?” not “what?” So now the questions become “Who is your way in, in to life, joy, peace?” And “Who is your security?”
The Shepherd’s Question: “Will you follow me?”
And then at the end of the message, the question became “Will you follow me?” That’s The Shepherd’s question. Those who are His, know HIs voice and will follow Him. The people who follow Jesus Christ have accepted Him, His authority and His attachment to them. The grace and truth of Jesus become the very features that help us differentiate between the other voices competing for our affections and our soul.
The disciple of Jesus is meant to be secure in Him. Anything else, and anyone else will lead to heightened levels of anxiety and the all the false cures available to us.
When Psalm 23 becomes True for You
When Jesus is our Shepherd Psalm 23 becomes true for us:
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord