Becoming a Generous Shepherd

This morning, I’m leading a devotion on some parts of the book of Jeremiah that have resonated with me. I love, for example, the great promise of how the Lord cares for His people. He says, “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15). It occurs to me that, at my age, I’m the shepherd. I’m not the dependent child who must keep searching for shepherds. At some point, we become the shepherd for others.

I think deeply about what it means to let Jesus live out His Good Shepherd nature within me. And today I think about His great generosity. He gives His time and attention to undeserving and even annoying people. He gives His love. He gives His very life.

I ask the Holy Spirit to make me more like Jesus with His shepherd heart for people. Might we lead well, with knowledge and understanding. Might we care for others with a generous heart like Him.

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