Who Is The Good Shepherd? You!

I recently went through a lectio divina exercise in which I meditated on John 10:7-11. In that exercise there was one phrase that grabbed a hold of me. It was the last line of the passage:

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

Christ is the Good Shepherd. He did lay down His life for us, His sheep. However, my conversation with God in that prayer was not about Christ being a good shepherd. God told me that He wants me to be a good shepherd. He wants me to be a good shepherd first and foremost to my spouse. He wants me to nurture her, love her, and lay down my life for her. He also wants me to be a good shepherd for my children. He wants me to guide them into a loving relationship with Him. This is the same call that he has for me as a youth minister. He wants me to shepherd the teens I serve in my parishes and bring them into a relationship with Christ.

This is a big responsibility. I have the salvation of my wife, my children, and the teens I serve in my hands. I am being called to lay down my life, to serve them, and to guide them. I cannot do this….on my own. I can only do this through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can only do this with Christ, the true Good Shepherd, as my guide. Although this is a big responsibility, I am not overwhelmed by it. I know the Holy Spirit is working through me. I just have to get out of the way and allow Him to work.

We are all called to be good shepherds. Whether we are married with children or single men and women. Whether we are working in ministry or corporate America. We are all called to serve the people in our lives, to shepherd them. We are called to lay down our lives–to sacrifice our fears, our selfish desires–to bring all we encounter closer to Christ.

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment