WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
“just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd.”
John 10:15-16 (ESV)
THE GOOD SHEPHERD ACCEPTS ME
Peter Cameron Scott was born in 1867 and founded the African Inland Mission. He tried twice to serve in Africa but had to come home both times with malaria. The third attempt was especially joyful because he was joined by his brother, John. But the joy evaporated as John fell victim to the fever. Scott buried his brother all by himself, and at the grave rededicated himself to preach the gospel. But again his health broke and he had to return to England utterly discouraged.
But in London something wonderful happened, according to Ruth Tucker’s book “From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya.” He needed a fresh source of inspiration and he found it at a tomb in Westminster Abbey that held the remains of a man who had inspired so many others in their missionary service to Africa. The spirit of David Livingstone seemed to be prodding Scott onward as he knelt reverently and read the inscription, “OTHER SHEEP I HAVE WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD; THEM ALSO I MUST BRING.” Scott would return to Africa and lay down his life, if need be, for the cause for which this great man had lived and died.
Jesus told His disciples there were other sheep that still needed to be brought into the fold. This is a distinct suggestion that the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles and that was extremely offensive to His Jewish audience. Jesus made it clear that He came to save all kinds of sinners.
In what ways have you felt like an outsider at times? No matter how you were raised or where you’ve been, Jesus is willing to accept you into His family if you will come to Him by faith.
Revelation 5:9 says, “He was slain and by His blood people were ransomed from every tongue tribe and nation.” Thank God for including you in His plan of salvation. Thank Him for including your “tribe and nation.”