Scripture: John 10:14 (Jesus said) I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
Observation: Jesus often speaks in metaphors. In this case, he is the shepherd and his followers are the sheep. Verse 16 particularly catches my attention this morning. When he says, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also…” I believe he’s referring to Gentile believers. True, the gospel came first to the Jews, but later was shared with all people.
Application: The church has historically been a diverse community, crossing over cultural and socio-economic boundaries of many kinds. In the town where I live (a suburb of Dallas), there is a growing community of people who are originally from places like India, Pakistan, Korea, and so on. Yet, when I look at the congregation I lead, I don’t yet see the same level of diversity. It’s a challenging thought for me this morning.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the church has historically been a place where people of very different backgrounds come together as one under your lordship. Give us grace to seek and embrace people who are very different than we are. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.