When people use the phrase, “I’m a believer” it’s not real clear if it’s what they believe about Jesus – or if they believe in Jesus. I say that because it’s clear that all the demons believed stuff about Jesus. Actually, they knew the truth about Him and it scared them half to death! Which is odd. It seems that if we truly understood who Jesus is and who we aren’t and the reality of the future – we’d be really interested in following the One who is Saviour, Lord of all, Judge over all creation and the One who loves us enough to suffer and die for us. One day everyone will see Jesus for who He is and what His mission really was. They will see the miraculous things Jesus did and is still doing. They will wish that they’d have followed Him and been all in! If you know the truth about Jesus – you get to do that now!
Long before Jesus’ ancestor, David, came up with Psalm 23, the people of Israel were shepherds – a profession the Egyptians looked down on. It became a well-known metaphor used by the prophets – calling the people of Israel, “God’s flock.” I’m not sure why, except for the fact that sheep are notoriously needy and dependent. Put a herd of cattle in a field, and they’ll pretty much take care of themselves. But not sheep. Sheep need ongoing attention – just like us.
Most people want to know if someone is using them or committed to them. In love relationships, it’s sometimes really hard to tell the difference, you know – between infatuation – or true love. And when you don’t know, you need to have the DTR talk. The one some guys dread – the Define The Relationship talk. The one that says, “Are we just having fun – or is this relationship actually going somewhere? When it comes to our relationship with Jesus, He already knows where we’re at – but sometimes we don’t. And we need to know what we’re doing and where we’re going. Are we just fans of Jesus – or will we follow?