February 10, 2015
In today's qt, Jesus says "I am the gate for the sheep." and I was kind of expecting to read "I am the shepherd for the sheep" as I was reading today's qt. Jesus was talking about how the man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep while the man who does not enter by the gate, but some other way is a thief and a robber. So, I thought he'd say he's the shepherd and not the thief or robber, but he actually says he's the gate in this picture. Who am I in this picture? Am I the sheep? I am the shepherd? Or am I the thief/robber? I suppose I could be any in any given day depending on my spiritual state. Maybe the important thing is the gate, and perhaps this gate is the standard which decides who is a sheep, shepherd, or a thief/robber. Those who is straight with Jesus, the gate, is the sheep/shepherd, while those who are not in a good relationship with Jesus is in harms way for themselves and for others. Every day is a struggle, even today just now, before doing qt, the sin of sloth was tempting me to let it go for one day. If I did, I may be more likely to be living the rest of today as a thief/robber rather than a sheep/shepherd. I went to morning prayer today, went back to sleep, and it's now 2pm, so there is not a lot of days left. I'm pretty well rested though, and have a lot of exciting work to do. I still have to do bible study, and I should really start working out.
Application: do SDS bible study, go listen to Matthew while working out