We’re all looking for followers aren’t we? We try to get followers on Facebook and Twitter, on Pinterest and our blogs, a lot of different places. Jesus wants followers too, he wants every single one of us to be His follower. He wants followers so much that he when he died he left the apostles and His many disciples behind to continue getting followers for Him.
The very first words that Jesus spoke to Peter were “Follow me”. Peter did and his ultimate goal after Jesus died and rose to heaven was to get more followers for Jesus. Peter took that role so seriously that he became the first pope. We are Jesus’s followers just like Peter was and ultimately our goal is to get more followers for Jesus also.
I’m not saying that we all need to go out and preach and tell people directly to become Christians or Catholics, some are called for that and some are called to follow in other ways. Just as sheep follow a shepherd, we need to follow Jesus. He is our shepherd. Would a sheep follow a shepherd if the shepherd didn’t take care of the sheep, or if they didn’t trust him completely? A shepherd’s voice becomes familiar to his sheep and they follow it. Jesus risked His life, GAVE His life, to protect us and save us. He is our shepherd, the Good Shepherd. We need to make His voice familiar to ourselves and to others.
We can do this through example, through our words and actions, how we treat other people. Jesus gave us a new commandment, just one, and it is the hardest one to follow, but if we follow it, we follow all of them. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Can you do that? All Jesus asks is that we try our very best.
“I am made in God’s image and I too am called to be shepherd in my small part of the world.” -The Little White Book April 25, 2013
Make that a mantra of sorts. Say it every day to remind yourself to a good example for others.
What? You still don’t know how to be a shepherd? Start by being a lamb. Here’s a little story for you:
Every year on the feast of St. Agnes the pope blesses some little lambs that are raised nearby the vatican. She is often called the little lamb because her name is so close to the latin word for lamb which is agnus. The wool from these lambs is then used to make palliums that are given by the pope to new archbishops every year in June on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
There’s Saint Peter again. Why St. Peter and St. Paul? Well, it makes sense to me that they were chosen because they were Jesus’s lambs from the start and they became shepherds of the church, as are the new archbishops who are given palliums. Like Peter and Paul, our role is two-fold. We are to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and we are to shepherd His people on earth by the example of our lives.
The little lambs are an example of being useful just by existing. God gave them everything that He wants and needs from them, namely their wool. The little lambs are useful just by being who they are. God gave them the ability to grow great wads of wool from which many useful items are made. All they have to do is give it back to God as thanks. God has made each of us useful also, after all, we are His lambs too. God has given each of us a gift and they are all different and unique, but all useful to God. All we have to do is hone our gifts and give them back to God. Just mastering our gifts to the best of each of our abilities and using it is giving it back to God. You may be a good cook and you may be called to use that gift to become a master chef, or to feed your own children healthy meals, or to cook in a school cafeteria. All of those are useful to God and they are all giving back to God. We just have to share what God gave us with others and not hide our light under a bushel basket.
If you are uncertain about what your gift is or of sharing it with others just read John chapter 10. The overall theme that I got from it was ‘He will be with me every step of the way’.
Have a great week and remember that you are useful and you are loved! God Bless!
- Jesus, Your Good Shepherd And Door (chixyfied.wordpress.com)
- The Components of a Good Shepherd: Jesus Is! (thenuggetsofwisdom.wordpress.com)
- Staying in the Sheep Pen (thephilippianjailer.wordpress.com)
- Easter 4 – “Our Good Shepherd” (John 10:22-30) (revtucher.com)
- Monday (April 22): “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Good Shepherd (choidahjung.wordpress.com)
- True shepherd (churchabuse.wordpress.com)
- Who Is the Good Shepherd? (wepraytoconquer.wordpress.com)
- God Will Care for His Flock (trust4god.wordpress.com)