This entry is part 18 of 28 in the series Devotionals
​Any shepherd will tell you that every one of his sheep is precious to him. He loves all of his sheep equally. There is NO big sheep and NO little sheep.


Every other animal can look after and provide for itself, without any help from others, except a sheep. Sheep need a shepherd who will provide continuing and unbroken care for them, a shepherd who will safeguard, defend, and guide them at all ti
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God told Jeremiah to tell the people of Israel, that when they acknowledged their sin and wrongdoings, and repented and turned to Him, He would give them under-shepherds after His own heart – under-shepherds who would guide them, lead them and feed them with knowledge and understanding from God’s Word (Jer. 3:15). 

A heart after God burns for souls. It does not seek after things of the world. A heart after God does not become entangled with affairs of this life. A heart after God is more concerned with pleasing the One who enlisted him (2 Tim. 2:4). 

God’s sheep are precious to Him. Our Christianity should not be something that we turn up on Sunday morning for one hour, with hype and entertainment, and then shut off until next Sunday. Our Christianity should reflect a heart that burns continually for souls, with a mind stayed on Jesus Christ. God’s sheep hear His voice. He knows them and they follow Him. They will not run behind a stranger. 

Jesus Christ is the chief Shepherd of the whole flock and heritage of God. He, alone, is the great Pastor of the universe. Under-shepherds are called to watch over and care for the assembly of believers entrusted to them. “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly–not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God” – 1 Pet. 5:2.

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own…” – Isa. 53:6. Sheep do need an under-shepherd. God says that we are precious to Him. Let’s make sure that we are precious to the under-shepherd, too.​
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