The shepherd was a common figure for Jesus’ original audience. They would have immediately recognized all that this metaphor suggested. We miss a lot of this because we are not 1st Century shepherds. But John 10:10 is pretty hard to miss.
Do you know Christ-followers who seem to live in a constant state of anger, misery, and/or bitterness? They tend to make their faith all about rules… what to do, what not to do. These rules become their God. They seem to suck the life out of a room as well as giving Christ-followers a bad reputation.
God’s intent is not for our lives to be stale and boring. John 10:10 is only one piece of support for that, but there are plenty more. God desires us to live a full life, a life that’s purpose is something BIGGER than ourselves. If we surrender to His greater purpose, we will always have purpose, mission, adventure, and passion. Passion is the heart set free to pursue that which is truly worthy.