When we say, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23), we acknowledge that we are His sheep, but saying it is not enough; our lives must reflect it. As we understand the relationship of a shepherd to his sheep, we can better understand God’s relationship with us. The problem is that very few of us have any idea about the actual role of a shepherd. Grasping what a good shepherd does for his sheep—what it means for the Lord Himself to be willing to be our shepherd—will give us a deeper appreciation for how the Lord cares for us.
Do you acknowledge your belonging to Him? Are you willing to recognize that everything you have and everything you have ever worked for belongs to God? You are His steward, managing things for Him. Viewed through a worldly lens, this may seem like an unfavorable situation. The world tempts us to say, “It is all mine; I am not anyone’s slave; I am free.” But that is what this is all about. The way sheep belong to a shepherd, God owns us and we must acknowledge that.
He is in charge
In Psalm 100:3, the psalmist wrote, “Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” God bought us with a price; He has redeemed us. In Acts 20:28, Paul gave a charge to the elders saying, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
The Scriptures teach that true wholeness is achieved by surrendering to God’s control of everything in our lives. Everything we have is His; He is in charge. However, psychologists and psychiatrists in the secular world often aim to guide their clients to stand in their own strength, assert themselves, and be subject to no one. They would say that self-reliance is the road to wholeness.