Follow the Good Shepherd with Confidence
Jesus often uses the common to describe new things. Despite the negative connotations, Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd (John 10:11 & 14). David, in the Old Testament, was a good shepherd. Both are great leaders. Consider the possibility that they can teach us valuable lessons about life, faith and help us develop as leaders.
Learn from the Good Shepherd
Not all shepherds are good. Not all leaders are great. Fortunately, there are good shepherds and there are great leaders. The roots of both are found in the genius of the creation implanted there by the Creator. God created a reasonable universe where art is spectacular and math and science are dependable. Add to that the fact that He revealed Himself to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Inspired Words of Scripture. As a result, we have available to us the keys to unlock and understand many, many things, including how to be a good shepherd and/or a great leader. I contend that by considering and learning to do all the things which Scripture teaches us about shepherding, one could learn to be a successful shepherd. Likewise, by applying the principles of shepherding to the task of leading, one can be a better leader.
Follow the Good Shepherd in Faith
As a person of Faith, I write to people of Faith: those who revere Scripture and Faith; those who seek to live in accordance with its teaching. I believe the principles of Faith are true and proper for believers and non-believers alike, meaning just as the principles of math and science in God’s creation are reliable to believer and non-believers alike, the teaching of Scripture produces positive benefits to all who apply and practice them.
Next we will look at the Shepherd allegory
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