"A Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
We obviously know the action Jesus undertook as he went up to Calvary. We obviously understand that Jesus not only predicts his death but insist upon it with great attention.
He gives his life away. He lays down his life. He surrenders so that we might have life.
When have we embraced opportunities to imitate Jesus in laying down our life? Think for a moment. How often does this invitation come to us and we bulk, hesitate, refuse, denounce, run?
We rejoice in the fact that Jesus doesn't hesitate, doesn't hold back, doesn't let the circumstances dictate his action. We rejoice in retelling the story of salvation founded deeply in Jesus self-less act of surrender.
We do rejoice. But why do we not follow through? Why do we expect Jesus to lay down his life all the while refusing to do the same?
How often do we think about what's in it for us before we go forth and pt our life on the line?
The Good Shepherd stands before us inviting us to do as he did, he does.
It is time to follow in the footsteps of the He who calls us by name and leads us to life abundant.