Daily Devotion on Acts 20:28-32

Text: Acts 20:28-32

You don’t have to be a rancher to know that sheep and wolves do not get along. Let a pack of wolves have free reign over a herd of sheep and it won’t take long before there are no sheep left. The wolves have a distinct advantage. On their own, the sheep don’t stand a chance. Enter the shepherd. Sheep need a shepherd for guidance and protection.

As you may know, the Bible often compares the Christian Church to a flock of sheep. Left on our own we sheep very quickly fall prey to the wolves of this world. Wolves that would love to steal us from God’s flock. Wolves that would love to scatter us far away from God’s sheep pen. These wolves are vicious, wanting us to perish for all eternity in hell. These wolves have a distinct advantage over us sheep because they have this whole sinful world, the devil and our own sinful natures working with them in their quest to get us to hell.

Enter the Shepherd. Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. We all like sheep have gone astray. We all have fallen prey to the wolves of this world, but our Good Shepherd would not stand by and let the wolves run off with his own, dearly loved sheep; sheep that he bought with his own innocent death on a cross. We are God’s sheep because of Jesus. We are part of the flock but the wolves would still love to take us.

Enter the shepherds. The title “Pastor” is Latin for “shepherd.” In Acts 20 Paul is speaking to a group of pastors/shepherds encouraging them to take good care of the flock/congregations that God has entrusted to them. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who has placed over his flock many lesser shepherds. These shepherds/pastors are here to protect and guide you just like a real shepherd protects and guides real sheep.

Give thanks to God that he has not let the wolves run off with you. He gave his own Son to be the Good Shepherd and he has also given you your pastors to shepherd you through the trials of this life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we fail to appreciate the great lengths you have gone to so that we will join you in heaven. Forgive us when we fail to respect and honor those you have called to shepherd your flock. Help us to always thank you for taking a vested interest in our eternal wellbeing. We thank and praise you for offering your Son to the wolves on our behalf. Give us the comfort that comes from knowing that as your flock we will one day join you in heaven. Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on May 2, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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