I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
In 1958, the United States successfully put a satellite in orbit around the earth. Explorer I joined the Russian Sputnik as the only two man-made object going around the earth.
Today there are about 3,700 satellites in orbit around the earth. And most people use some of them nearly every single moment of the day.
The ones most people use are the satellites that make up the Global Positioning System satellite constellation.
GPS can tell you where you are, within a few meters, no matter where you are on the planet. That is, if you are within the line of sight of three or more of the satellites. Typically, your cell phone is the receiving station of that information.
To know where you are, eyes way up in the sky look for you and then send you your location.
God’s Positioning System
This is nothing new. God has had eyes on you the moment you were conceived. And he wants you to know where you are and where you are going.
You may think you know where you are. And maybe that is true.
But have you ever asked yourself, “where am I going?” I know I have.
And I don’t mean in the sense that I’m not sure if I should take the next right turn or get off the next exit of the tollway.
We all are looking for direction and purpose in our lives.
And God has a view of our lives that we cannot have. He sees where we’ve been just as clearly as where we are going. But we’re limited to memories (shady, at best) of where we’ve been and can only see what’s right in front of us at this particular moment.
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are our GPS satellite constellation.
They reveal direction and purpose to us through Word and Sacrament.
The Shepherd Satellite
In John 10, Jesus tells us that he’s our Good Shepherd. He calls out to us. We hear him because the Holy Spirit has “tuned” us in to his broadcast by giving us faith.
Jesus reveals direction by forgiveness of our sins won by his death and resurrection. Christ gives us purpose by restoring God’s image in us, an image lost in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus laid down his life for us so that we can be returned to the Father who loves us with an everlasting love.
Direction and Purpose
When I am driving to an unfamiliar place, I rely heavily on my GPS apps. It takes at least 3 satellites over 12,000 miles above my head to get me to where I want to go.
But in life, it only takes one God in three Persons to give me direction and purpose.
When I read the Bible – either the printed book or an app on my tablet! – I see how God has lovingly created me, saved me, and what God’s purpose for my life is!
I’m so thankful that God not only provides direction and purpose, but he does it so lovingly!
Heavenly Father, sometimes I feel lost. Thank you for giving me direction and purpose through your Holy Word, the Bible. I give you praise for saving me from being eternally lost through the shed blood of Jesus. In his name. Amen.
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