For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The well-being of our soul is not only a matter of concern to us, but it is also a matter of great concern to God. Jesus Christ has revealed himself as the Good Shepherd who watches over our souls, and this should be a matter of great comfort to us. We may not always understand what is happening within our souls, but Jesus understands completely. He knows us better than we know ourselves. When we are in spiritual distress or overcome with anxiety, Jesus understands why. When we rebel against God and engage in sinful activities, Jesus understands our root motive. Even when we hate what we do, Jesus perfectly understands the conflict that rages within us. Our soul is precious to Christ. He gave his life on the cross to redeem our souls and save them for eternal life.
We should value our soul and care for its welfare. The management of our soul’s well-being is a cooperative effort between God and us. Each day we should take time to reflect inward and look at what lies within. We should look to Christ and allow him to implant beautiful things that will comfort us. We should also allow Christ to show us what does not belong and root out every thought that pollutes our soul. There is much work to be done and this requires much prayer and meditation. But even as we begin, we will soon make great progress, for Jesus works right alongside us.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for being the Shepherd of my soul. Teach me to listen to your voice and follow your direction. Make my soul be a place of beauty and rest, where the two of us can meet and share life together.