The book “A Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren, has undoubtedly touched many people; and, ostensibly, many have been helped by it.  But, for me, the idea of being “driven,” especially at my age, isn’t attractive at all.  Much more attractive and sound according to Scripture, is the idea of being led by “The Good Shepherd.”  Jesus says, in John 10:14-18: “I am the Good Shepherd.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”  Jesus says further, in John 10:27-30: “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.  I give them eternal life and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me (see Ephesians 1:4), is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”

What comfort and assurance there is in the above verses.  I’ve a question.  Why would anyone want to be “driven,” when the Good Shepherd deigns to lead us, as a shepherd leads his sheep?  Many things may be deemed “good.”  But when you consider a “know so saving relationship” with the Lord Jesus Christ, you’re talking, not about something that’s merely good; you’re talking about what’s indubitably,”the best.”  Those who are in Christ are in a grace/faith covenant with the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  We are his, and He is ours forever, and ever!  Think of that!  In light of these things, who would want to be “driven?”  Much more desirable is the idea of being “led,” and of following the Lord Jesus wherever He leads.

My friends, I don’t mean to be picky.  I just don’t want to see something passed off for being the best, when there’s something infinitely better.  Jesus just can’t be beat!  That’s a fact on which I’m staking my life.  Paul said to King Agrippa in Acts 26:29b, “I would that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am – except these chains.”  My prayer is the same as Paul’s.  I pray that everyone who considers being led by Jesus Christ, would receive Him as Savior and Lord today.  Why not?  There’s not a better offer anywhere!

With love and prayer for all, from a sinner saved by grace,

Bluegill Bill



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