Wednesday, 17th March
Reading John 10: 11-21
I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherdJohn 10:16
We pick up today where we were yesterday, with the Good Shepherd. One of the factors often forgotten by the children of Abraham was their responsibility to be an example to the world. In their quest to be faithful to God they had increasingly become isolationist, rather than a blessing to others and a light to the nations (Genesis 12: 3, Isaiah 49: 6). Jesus came into the world that we may all see God, and have the fullness we considered yesterday. As he laid down his life on the cross it was not solely for the lost sheep of Israel, but for the lost of the whole earth who had been taken by the thief, Satan. The salvation of the cross, the offer of forgiveness and eternal life, is for people from the ends of the earth, how do we share that hope with others that are not of the fold we are used to? How do we give of our time, effort, and financial resources that allows the voice of the shepherd to be heard?