Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shepherd – Part 6

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalms 23:6 NLT)

With our adventure firmly underway we have come to recognize the beauty of our Shepherd. It's his unconditional love that has been at the center of this journey. As we have heard his voice, followed him, he has provided all our needs. Gently leading us to rest in green meadows, a place where our strength is restored and he has instructed us in the right things that bring honor to his name.

We've found courage when facing death and discouragement, because our Shepherd has absolute authority over all things and His rule will never end. He has blessed us and invites us to a close personal relationship with him. He takes pleasure in publicly honoring us with the blessings of peace, health, relationships, and prosperity.

Undoubtedly we are undeserving of this great love and care we have experience in our physical existence, but this is not the end of the blessing- His faithful love endures forever! (Psalms 100:5). The psalmist wrote the shepherd's “goodness and unfailing love pursue me all the days of my life.” We underestimate the full meaning of this passage if we think “days of life” are the here and now- our lives are eternal.

Remembering the eternal existence of our Creator, who is not made of flesh and blood as we, but what we understand as spirit. Our true nature or life is spirit. We are made to live eternally, not in these temporary shelters we now inhabit. Our physical days are numbered here on earth, but our spiritual days are not.

With all the benefits of following our Shepherd, we will have the eternal blessing of living all our days in His glorious presence, in a home not made with human hands, but one that has been specially prepared for us, it is the House of the Lord. A real home we will never have to leave and the eternal fellowship with those who have gone before us. What an amazing future awaits us! What an undeserved benefit.

I am excited for the future, for all the earthly days that I have been given and for eternity of blessing promised, but with all this joy I feel, it saddens me for those who refuse the call of the Shepherd.

His voice calls out all day and all night for those who are lost, “Come to me all you who are heavy burdened! Take my yoke upon you! Let me teach you! Find rest for your souls!” (Matthew 11:29 Paraphrased). Like a light shining in the darkness for all to see, there are those who will not come to the light to find what they are looking for.

Some have followed false shepherds who have led them down the wrong paths. Some look for shepherds who will tell them what they want to hear, and still others have become so disillusioned that they will not listen to anyone.

For those who will not come to the saving grace of our Lord or have chosen their own paths, their eternal destination of is at risk, they will live forever, but not with the shepherd or in the house of the Lord. They will live eternally separated from the Lord, because of a single choice- refusing to come the Lord Jesus Christ, so that He could heal them and give them life.

If that is where you are today, not sure of what Shepherd you are following, listen for the voice of the One True Shepherd. He calls to you to bless you, to restore you, to heal you, give you a hope and a glorious future. He will not burden you with things you can not do, but will free you from the bondage to live a life pleasing to Him and fulfilling to you.

“For God says, At just the right time I heard you. On the day of Salvation I helped you. Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of Salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT)

David wrote about the Lord, “To the faithful, you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. You rescue those who are humble, but you humiliate the proud” (Psalms 18: 25-27 NLT).

Don't wait until this tent is torn down-then it's too late- Put your trust in Jesus today!

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