His Purpose For His Sheep
The Good Shepherd loves His sheep.
He tends, leads, guides, cherishes, feeds, and protects a flock. He’ll even lay down His life for their protection.
As Christians, Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He did more than just dying for us.
He set up a plan and purpose for each of us because He knows that there is an enemy that wants to take us out.
He knows this well because he tried to take HIM out!
The thief’s purpose is to seal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
– John 10:10 (NLT), emphasis added
His purpose is our good, it’s extraordinary! not for our harm.
I long to walk confidently in that. With that kind of purpose that He has for me, I want to learn how to walk in the fullness of that.
Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
–1 Peter 2:25 (NLT), emphasis added
I was a young mom of 3 at the time and I bought several books, searching for answers about my purpose and not “losing myself” as an individual. Those books didn’t satisfy and I was asking more questions than I originally had!
I was introduced to God’s Word and Jesus; a true relationship with Him, and found that my individual-self wasn’t lost after all! I am both hidden and found in Christ. He became my identity.
For me, a rich and satisfying life meant walking in step with Him. Deepening my understanding of His ways through fellowship with Holy Spirit. Joyfully learning to live an obedient and holy life (James 1:22-25).
My question went from “How do I not lose myself?” to “How do I find myself (in Christ)?”; from “What am I doing with my life?” to “What does God want to do through my life?”
Asking that takes me on a daily journey. It has for many years.
I learn the purpose of the day.
It may lead to a vision of something long-term, but if it doesn’t, I know that I lived in the fullness of that day.
As you go through your day with Holy Spirit, can you purpose to pinpoint the purpose of that day?