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Feed My Sheep

Read John 10, Matthew 18:10-14, 1 Peter 2

Some key ingredients to motivation are having a stake in supporting a common mission that is meaningful, feeling included in the team, and being able to make a difference. Without these, people can feel inadequate or frustrated. You can probably think of someone right now (maybe even yourself) who is need of a reminder that they matter. Jesus sees you. He has a mission for you. You matter. You are a difference maker.

In John 10:14, Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep , and am known of mine." Do you know him? Do you love him? Do you follow him? Have you taken on the great commission to lead more sheep into his fold?

What are you worried about today? What are your fears?

Jesus said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Let's find peace in knowing that God has a plan for us and that He finds pleasure in giving us His kingdom.

When we develop this love of Jesus and find this joy, what then, are we to do with it? Upon Peter's acknowledgement that he loved Jesus, Jesus commanded, "Feed my sheep." In turn, after Jesus' death and resurrection, Peter did just that. He fed Jesus' sheep by sharing the gospel. In his writing to the Church, Peter shared the importance of growing spiritually and acknowledged, "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."

Following in the example of Peter, it is important to note that Jesus Christ led as an example for us, and we lead as examples for others.

In what ways do you serve as an example for other people in your life? Do you view yourself as an image bearer of God? (Genesis 1:27) Do you realize that you are a representative of God and His Church?

To his disciples, Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:10-14) and explained, "Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." In your daily interactions at home, at work, and in your community, remember that every person - every sheep - counts. We each hold value and can find peace in the love of our heavenly Father. Let this be a lens through which you view your interactions and relationships.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for your patience with us as we seek to live for you and follow the example of your son, Jesus Christ. Please lead us to make choices that reveal your light to those around us and draw them closer in their relationship with you. We pray to you in the power and glory of your son, Jesus. Amen.

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