One of the things that I hear so often about people and from people is they’re “trying to find themselves.” Sometimes it is the spouse who is having second thoughts about their marriage, or it might be the middle-aged man who splurges on the sports car purchase, or the college student that travels to Europe to rediscover himself. In any case, I’ve often thought that wherever we go; there we still are! And if we couldn’t find ourselves where we are, how are we going to do it somewhere else!
In the Gospel of John, Jesus not only tells us who He is, but He also tells us the one thing we need to know about ourselves if we’re truly going to find ourselves. The way Jesus describes Himself (to me) is one of the most encouraging, strengthening, and comforting statements in the entire bible. Listen to these simple five words. “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, ESV)
My friends, you will never understand yourself fully…you will never find yourself completely until you begin to see yourself the way you really are. And that is as a sheep. Sheep are mentioned in the bible over 300 times more than any other animal. And when God looks at us He looks at us through shepherd’s eyes; He sees us for what we are, as sheep.
And though sheep are sometimes looked at in an unfavorable way; after all, they are one of the dumbest animals on the planet and they will follow anything that moves over a cliff or into the river—I want to be a sheep—especially if my shepherd is the “Good” Shepherd, who is “willing to lay down His life for me.”
1) When I am in the dark, the Good Shepherd will guide me.
2) When I am in danger, the Good Shepherd will protect me.
3) When I am in desperation, the Good Shepherd knows exactly what I need.
The shepherd will lead the flock if they will listen to His voice and follow Him. He will not drive the flock if they refuse. But if you’re ready to admit once again that you are a sheep, know that you have a Good Shepherd, a One of a Kind Shepherd, who laid down His life for you so that you can have the good life now, and the best life forever. There is no need to try to find yourself when the Good Shepherd has already found you and offers you the “good life” that is found in Him!