John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Not trying to be mean, but have you ever known someone or seen someone that looks identical to an animal?
I will not mention names, but I worked with someone who looked like a bulldog, and I’m not even exaggerating. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one because he referred to himself that way as well.
Well, I don’t know if you ever tried to find an animal you resemble but according to Jesus, he thinks of sheep when He thinks of us.
Do a quick search on the internet and you will find some interesting information about sheep.
- For example, a sheep gets lost easily. It starts eating and doesn’t pay attention to where it is going until it looks up and it’s lost.
- Another example is if it ever finds itself on its back it cannot roll back over due to its short legs.
- And finally, if it ever gets attacked and doesn’t die from the wounds it can possible still die from a panic attack.
You might not like that comparison but if you stop long enough to think about it honestly, you can think of a time or serval occasions where you were confused and couldn’t seem to find direction until someone else helped you, or you went through some circumstance that left you feeling like you would never recover.
In our most vulnerable moments, we realize how weak and fragile we really are.
But I think there’s another side to this comparison.
Jesus refers to us as sheep, but then He also mentions that there is a Good Shepherd.
And that makes all the difference.
Jesus says that the sheep hear Him and follow Him.
When sheep are shepherded well they:
- Provide wool to make clothes
- Help remove unwanted weeds
- Provide food
- And are loyal to their master
The shepherd makes all the difference.
So are you the sheep Jesus wants you to be?
If not you might not be following the Good Shepherd close enough or at all.