I am the Good Shepherd – Jesus Christ
The Bible has the best principles, no other books man made up principles has a better principles as much as the Holy Bible, for churches, for teams and ministries, in personal life, even for life problems, it has all the principles for problems solving. It is a book where we can knows the characters and natures of God, we can learn His ways, we can draw deeper to God through learning the Bible.
The Bible has also written numbers of thanks giving.
Ps 107:1 said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever”. – So, Since the Bible is trustworthy, we can knows His ways. The Bible told us that we are to give thanks to the Lord for God is a good God, God is good that He gives us clothes to wear, jeans to wear, we need to give thanks to the Lord who gave us different clothes – jeans, t-shirts, converse, sandals, etc.
Praying to Jesus Christ, relating to Him as a Pastor:
Dear Lord, I’m wearing black shirt now, thank you Jesus, I’m wearing jeans pant – thank you Jesus, i believe you too like jeans and black shirts too, i like to wear sandals, i believe you like sandals too, I cannot please everyone and dress up like their views, but thank you that you are interested in what i am interest, thank you for giving me sandals, converse, jeans and t-shirts, they are the type of clothes I really like, you are such a good God as the Bible has said. So, I give thanks to you for all these things, your love is great and your love endures forever even when we were living in sin, because you are the Good Shepherd. You do not control us what to wear, but gave us freedom and choice to choose what we like to wear, and you also are interested in what we like, each one of us personally.
A good Shepherd knows their sheep intimately –
A very popular verse that we find is from Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my Shepherd.
The Bible tells us that the Lord is our Shepherd, if God is our Shepherd, then we are His sheep.
Ps 95:7 says, “He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his Care”.
John 10:27 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Here, Jesus speaking as the good shepherd said, “I know them”, that’s the nature of a Good Shepherd, who knows their sheep, what they like and what they don’t like, what stress them and what relaxed them, and take care of their sheep intimately.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Luke 12:7a)
So, these are the character of a Good Shepherd. Jesus knows each person intimately and is also interested in what types of dress you like and what types of dress you don’t like, and even in other things what you like and don’t like,
Imitating Pastor Jesus Christ:
Jesus said in John 10:11-15 –
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep”.
So, these are some Biblical Principles that we find about being a Good Shepherd we can learn and imitate from Jesus Christ – Pastoral people are interested in what others like and dislike in general (this is not about pleasing people or doing all what others wants and desires, but the point is understanding others), pastoral people has a lot of understanding for others and they cares for them. They knows their sheep personally and intimately, they listen to their sheep, they are easily relate able, their tears and their jeers, their sorrows and their joy, friendly, close, they care, protect and lays down their life for others and to relate to them, they value their sheep and has a concern for them, they give their lives for them and they love to serve their sheep. They wants to let their sheeps knows that they are cared, loved and are secure, because they wants their sheep to be secure, to live in peace, to be loved, to be guided, to be cared, to be valued, the laying down of their lives and their servant-hood shows these things, and this is Pastoral.