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by: Don Carmichael

09/19/2022

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So much, even of our lives, can now be contracted out, hired out, outsourced, as opposed to doing it ourselves, even with big box store availability and do-it-yourself centers and YouTube to show the way.  Others will buy our groceries and even put them in the fridge for us, or we can order meals to go that are even attended to our dietary desires.  A company now has a choice to host their own Human Relations department or outsource their information technology department rather than having their own people and and equipment on premise.
Back in and before the day of Jesus, one could outsource crops and herds, hiring a shepherd or even one to run our household.  But there is still a problem, being, the hired are not dependable against wild animals, “not in my contract!” they may say.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” so unlike the outsourced help, but beyond even the idea of contracting, for He said, “I am;”  even as God said “I AM” to Moses from the burning bush.  More than a shepherd; more like the owner, willing to fight to the death to protect us from lions and tigers and bears, and against an enemy foreign or domestic, physical or spiritual.  And that He did on the Cross. 
Father, we give You the thanks for setting up not a contract agent, but Your own Self, adopting us through this same Cross as Your own children through Christ Jesus.
In-Christ, being under God’s covenant care, “We (are to) walk by faith, not by sight.  In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  Therefore, whether we are at home or away (alive or “asleep”), make it your aim to be pleasing to Him,” Him Who continues to shepherd and lead and protect every day.
‭‭John‬ ‭10:11‬, 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7-9‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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So much, even of our lives, can now be contracted out, hired out, outsourced, as opposed to doing it ourselves, even with big box store availability and do-it-yourself centers and YouTube to show the way.  Others will buy our groceries and even put them in the fridge for us, or we can order meals to go that are even attended to our dietary desires.  A company now has a choice to host their own Human Relations department or outsource their information technology department rather than having their own people and and equipment on premise.
Back in and before the day of Jesus, one could outsource crops and herds, hiring a shepherd or even one to run our household.  But there is still a problem, being, the hired are not dependable against wild animals, “not in my contract!” they may say.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” so unlike the outsourced help, but beyond even the idea of contracting, for He said, “I am;”  even as God said “I AM” to Moses from the burning bush.  More than a shepherd; more like the owner, willing to fight to the death to protect us from lions and tigers and bears, and against an enemy foreign or domestic, physical or spiritual.  And that He did on the Cross. 
Father, we give You the thanks for setting up not a contract agent, but Your own Self, adopting us through this same Cross as Your own children through Christ Jesus.
In-Christ, being under God’s covenant care, “We (are to) walk by faith, not by sight.  In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  Therefore, whether we are at home or away (alive or “asleep”), make it your aim to be pleasing to Him,” Him Who continues to shepherd and lead and protect every day.
‭‭John‬ ‭10:11‬, 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7-9‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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