“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11 NIV
With wisdom, we understand ourselves, who we are, and what we stand for. We learn what differentiates us from others. We appreciate what things we have control over and influence and what we need to relinquish. Also, we understand our mortality and how to use our God-given gifts in whatever time we have.
Jesus came on a mission guided by the wisdom of the Father. There was no confusion about who he was; he stated unequivocally, "I am the good shepherd." He knew what was required, the laying down of his life. But, Jesus also knew who he was not; he wasn't some uncommitted hired hand who cared little for the sheep but a dedicated shepherd. One who cared not only for those already in the fold but went out looking for the lost. Also, with his mortality in mind, he knew there was expediency in training other good shepherds; disciples to continue the message of salvation.
In accepting Christ, we, too, become good shepherds. While we may not have the wisdom of Jesus, we can ask, and it will be given. By studying scripture, prayer, and obedience to the Holy Spirit, we can confidently assume the mantle of the good shepherd, keeping the fold safe and searching for others.
Jesus, our good shepherd, we thank you for your sacrifice so that we might be saved. We thank you for the wisdom found in our relationship with you. Help us to understand our gifts and how to use them best in your service. Amen.