Most of us are familiar with Psalm 23, with Jesus as our good shepherd. But how many of us understand sheep? Here are some characteristics that might surprise you.
Sheep are not clean. They can carry fleas, mites, maggots and lice.
They’re stupid. They get into messes and can’t get out.
They’re defenseless. When in danger their only defense is to flee.
When isolated or under stress, they are prone to depression, hanging their heads and avoiding positive actions.
They get lost easily. They wander off and lose their way.
They bond with other sheep. This is their way of protecting themselves. Community is everything.
No wonder God calls us sheep.
Jesus did not come for the squeaky clean, the hipster, the glamorous, the popular, or the celebrity.
He came for those who are mired in sin, covered in wickedness, lost and depraved.
Sheep’s only redeeming quality, besides being meek and gentle, is that they recognize their shepherd’s voice. They do not follow strangers. The shepherd knows each sheep and the sheep know him.
If the Holy Spirit has called you to Jesus, then you are in his flock, and Jesus is your good shepherd, and he knows you by name. He doesn’t value you for all your good and wonderful traits – you have none – but because he knows you.
Jesus left heaven to come to earth to become your shepherd, to guide you, take care of you, through thick and thin, all the way home.
You are no longer alone in the world. You are a member of God’s flock. You have a trusted guide through life.
Are you listening to his voice?
Talk to me.