“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
John 10:14, NIV
“Let’s play ‘Follow the Leader’ and I’m the leader!”
I watched as smiling neighborhood children hurried to line up behind Emily. She had called the game first, appointing herself leader.
Whatever the game, Emily usually emerged as leader, other children content to comply. They seemed happy to follow her leadership without question.
Peter speaks for the apostles when he tells Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you!” (Matthew 19:27). The tax collector Levi obeyed Jesus’ command; he “left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:28)
Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up His cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior we will display this follow-the-leader attitude.
In the parable of the shepherd and his flock (John 10:1-16), Jesus teaches that sheep follow their shepherd “because they know his voice.” He says sheep won’t follow a stranger; rather they will run away because they don’t know his voice. Without a shepherd, sheep will fall into disarray, scattered about. (Mark 14:27).
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14) Christians know Jesus Christ as the genuine shepherd whose direction they follow. A committed Christian won’t follow the wrong leader.