A good shepherd is responsible for the safety and welfare of his flock. When one of his sheep gets lost, he searches for it and brings it back to the safety of the flock.
Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd. Like a shepherd to his sheep, Christ loves us. He knows each of us by name. He wants us to be safe. Even if just one person is lost or suffering, Christ finds, comforts, and rescues that one. He laid down His life for each of us so that we all can be forgiven of our sins and one day return to live with Him and God again.
We all make mistakes. We’re all sinners. In the scriptures, Christ says, “For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:31).
Elder Dale G. Renlund said, “Since God uses disease as a metaphor for sin throughout the scriptures, it is reasonable to ask, ‘How does Jesus Christ react when faced with our metaphorical diseases—our sins?’” How can someone so perfect, who can’t look at sin and allow it, perfectly love and care for all of us who are so imperfect?
Elder Renlund said the answer is simple:
“As the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ views disease in His sheep as a condition that needs treatment, care, and compassion. This shepherd, our Good Shepherd, finds joy in seeing His diseased sheep progress toward healing.
“The Savior foretold that He would ‘feed his flock like a shepherd,’ ‘seek [out] that which [is] lost, … bring again that which [is] driven away, … bind up that which [is] broken, and … strengthen that which [is] sick.’ …
“The Savior’s mortal ministry was indeed characterized by love, compassion, and empathy. He did not disdainfully walk the dusty roads of Galilee and Judea, flinching at the sight of sinners. He did not dodge them in abject horror. No, He ate with them. He helped and blessed, lifted and edified, and replaced fear and despair with hope and joy. Like the true shepherd He is, He seeks us and finds us to offer relief and hope” (“Our Good Shepherd,” Apr. 2017 general conference).
So how can you let the Good Shepherd guide you? How do you let Christ righteously direct your life?
You follow Christ’s example. You treat others as He does, with love and charity. You serve those around you. You listen to His counsel in the scriptures. You seek Him and rely on Him when you’re going through a trial. You acknowledge Him in all things, be they church, work, or personal.
Christ is willing to be your Good Shepherd—are you willing to be shepherded by Him?