Jesus tells us who the Good Shephard is in John 10:11; “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” When we follow Jesus we come to know Him as that gentle but strong shepherd who guides us through life. In recovery, we are being restored through a process that Christ laid out for us in Matthew chapter 5, the Beatitudes. As we travel through the 12 steps and the 8 Beatitudes we realize that our lives are built around restoration and hope.
In order to be restored, we have to allow Christ to be the Shephard of our lives. When we think we don’t need a Shephard, we are not allowing ourselves to be restored. Restoration only occurs when we let go of our selfish, compulsive desire to be in charge of our lives. We cannot heal ourselves. Christ is the only one who can restore us.
Christ restores us because He is the Good Shephard. He leads us, restores us, and comforts us. We fear no evil because Christ is with us always. Christ then sits us at His table in the presence of our enemy. Our enemy can do nothing to harm us. We get to enjoy the abundant life of Christ because we have surrendered to Christ and allowed Him to be the Shepard of our lives.
Written by Jackell.