Lay Down Your Life (John 10:11-15 and 1 John 3:16-18)

shepherd and sheep

John 10:11-15 (NRSV):
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.”

1 John 3:16-18 (NRSV):
16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.


Where might my expression of love need to move from word and speech to truth and action?

How has someone laid down their life for me?

What might I need to lay down for the good of others?