Privileged Sheep

Some people want to be in charge. They want to have the say and make the decisions of where we will go and what we will do. They want to have the remote, so they can choose the channel. They want to pick the restaurant, so they can have their favorite food. It isn’t that they don’t care about anyone else, but other people don’t make good decisions. At least it doesn’t always turn out good for them.

The concept of shepherd and sheep has been around literally since the beginning. Abel was a Shepherd. (Gen 4) Abraham and his family were shepherds as well as most of the families in the lineage of Christ. The people were often nomadic and having a flock of sheep provided for them well. It is always easier to move if your business has legs and can follow you. Even long distances from Ur or Egypt to Canaan they had much of their provision because the sheep could follow. It is easy to see why Jesus chose such a familiar way to talk about leadership and his people.

In Jesus teaching the sheep are privileged. The sheep don’t have to fight the wolf. The shepherd is there to protect the flock from the wolf and the robber. They are his sheep and they know his voice and follow him. They expect him to know the good place for them and they willingly follow. The sheep that don’t follow are called lost sheep. Even then the shepherd goes and finds them. They are not expected to find their own way back and they are not expected to all turn into shepherds. They are just to be sheep with one task… follow.

 Jesus has gifted some to be shepherds. (Eph. 4:8,11) They are to watch over the church and equip the people for work to build up the body of Christ. They are to bring maturity and unity as the people grow together into one body of Christ. When we all come together each one has a part. We are to grow together in love to form one flock, not 400 individual sheep. We are one church united in Christ as he provides for us. What a great privilege we have in him. (Eph. 4:11-16)

Terry

Friday, June 29, 2018
 

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