Just think about it – SHEEP. A sheep is one of the most vulnerable animals on earth. Sheep have no speed to outrun the enemy. They have no horns to defend themselves against predators. They are not even associated with common sense or wisdom like the owl or serpent!
So, why would God present His MOST VALUABLE TREASURE on earth in the image of this WEAKNESS and VULNERABILITY? Please THINK about this. It is in this same image of vulnerability that His only begotten Son was presented as A LAMB when He was on the earth.
There is deep wisdom in what God is teaching us here. Once we understand this wisdom, we’ll marvel at the unspeakable ways of God, and the audacity of His power.
So, what is this wisdom? Here it is: the strength/wisdom/speed/safety of the sheep is NOT in the sheep itself – IT IS IN THE SHEPHERD!!! This is what makes the sheep UTTERLY SECURE AND INDESTRUCTIBLE. Please read that sentence again and again until the truth sinks.
The sheep does NOT need horns – the Shepherd is its horn! (Matthew 18:6, Acts 9:5)
The sheep does NOT need wisdom – the Shepherd is its wisdom! (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The sheep does NOT need speed – the Shepherd is its security! (John 10:29)
And so on.
What does this mean? It means unless you can kill the Shepherd, you cannot kill the sheep!
This particular Shepherd described the EXTENT of His love and commitment to His sheep in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.”
With these words, this Shepherd established His unflinching, unalloyed commitment to the welfare of His sheep. It is AT ALL COSTS. Even at the cost of His own life! Wow!!!
Thus, ANY sheep that GENUINELY follows the Shepherd can rest in the fullest of the following assurance:
– However WEAK he is, His Shepherd is THE STRONGEST!
– However POOR he is, His Shepherd is THE RICHEST!
– However FOOLISH he is, His Shepherd is THE WISEST!
– However LOW he is in life, His Shepherd is THE HIGHEST!
And so on!
ALL the hope and treasure of the sheep is in the Shepherd. The sheep that TRULY belongs to the Shepherd has everything. I mean EVERYTHING!!! No wonder the Bible says this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “… give thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” The Shepherd takes care of EVERYTHING!!!
Here is the testimony of one of the greatest men that ever lived on earth. This testimony is penned in the first line of the popular Psalm 23: “The Lord is MY SHEPHERD….” That is it!!! The Lord is MY Shepherd.
This testimony is enough. Enough to make him the earthly progenitor of the Incarnate God! Till today, Jesus is still referred to as ‘The Son of God. The Son of David’! This testimony also made David one of the greatest kings that ever lived on earth – promoted from the lowly position of a shepherd boy. The Lord is MY Shepherd!
Now, hear this. For this is where YOU come in, particularly if you also share David’s testimony that ‘The Lord is MY Shepherd’. Although it is completely true that the STRENGTH of the sheep is in the Shepherd, we must remember that this truth does NOT exist in a vacuum. It is neither arbitrary nor unconditional.
For the sheep to enjoy all the resources that are FREELY available in the Shepherd, it is both important and necessary that the sheep HEARS the voice of the Shepherd! Once the sheep hear His voice, they INSTINCTIVELY follow. For they do not resist or argue against His voice. They just HEAR it, RECOGNISE it, and FOLLOW it.
And in this way, the Shepherd becomes their Shield. Their Defender. Their Strength. Their Reward. Their Joy. Their Hope. Their Peace. Their Treasure. Their EVERYTHING!
Just by HEARING His voice and FOLLOWING IT. This is how Jesus puts it in John 10:27, “My sheep HEAR my voice, and I know them, and they FOLLOW me….”
Oh, before we round up, it is important to reiterate that NONE can snatch them out of His hands! Such is His awesome strength. Such is His unfailing love. Such is His absolute commitment. He made this clear in verses 28-29 of John 10, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand… no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
The Shepherd. And the sheep. Hand-in-hand. Heart-in-heart. Today and forever.
Are you His sheep? Do you hear His voice? Do you follow? Or are you among those that WRESTLE with His voice? RATIONALISE His voice? DOWNPLAY His voice? (Clearly, GOATS do not hear His voice. GOATS do not truly follow Him. It is not in the nature of goats to hear and follow Him. This is why GOATS will be separated and consigned to everlasting punishment as we read in Matthew 25:31-46).
Today, the witness of the Shepherd remains true for all eternity, as we see it written in John 10:4-5: “… THE SHEEP FOLLOW HIM, FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. A stranger they will not follow, but they will FLEE from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Friend, whose VOICE are you hearing today? Is it the voice of Jesus? Or the voice of strangers? Do you know that the strangers of today try very hard to sound like Jesus?! With this fake voice, they have attracted and entrapped millions today. Millions that follow them in ungodly gullibility. But the witness of Scriptures is crystal clear: “HIS SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE … HIS SHEEP KNOW HIS VOICE.” Do you know His voice? Is the Lord TRULY your shepherd?
May the Lord make us His sheep indeed till the end. Sheep that hear His voice. Sheep that know His voice. Sheep that RUN AWAY from strangers so they can follow His voice. Until they get Home safely, in joy unspeakable, amidst the glory that is indescribable, for a reign that is unending. Amen and Amen.
Thanks for reading, God bless you.
(NOTE: When ANYTHING in life tries to harass you, or steal your joy; just remind yourself – “The Lord is MY Shepherd….”. You’ll be amazed at the joy that will fill your soul – that is, if you are truly A SHEEP that belongs to Jesus.)
Source: Church Watch in Nigeria