Ever seen a sheep crossing the road or streets alone, without its shepherd? He stands in the middle of the road timid, and crying for help.
A sheep is helpless on its own. Once a sheep becomes frightened, he becomes immobilized.
The graphic image of a shepherd with his sheep was used time and again in the bible, since it was an image readers could easily identify with in their cultural context. Luckily, the Middle Eastern cultures understood what shepherding was all about. It was about feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, delivering new lambs, leading them and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the field and in the fold.
We, as Christians are under shepherds (pastors) and Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. It is therefore apparent that we mirror what the Good Shepherd does for the sheep. Any sheep that is dependent of his shepherd is a GOAT!
John 21:15-17 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”.
What an honour to be in the position to mirror the first apostles like Peter, in feeding the lambs. Lambs need milk, not solid foods. They are fragile, just like babies; they need some pampering in the basics of the Gospel and simple biblical teaching.
Secondly, we are asked to “take care of the sheep”, and then again urged to “feed my sheep”. It is without question, a process… a cycle, not a rush.
Let us not forget that these are the sheep of our Lord The Good Shepherd, NOT our sheep, thus we are caretakers of a sheep or a flock of sheep belonging to one master.
Would you rather be a goat or a sheep?
Well, I choose to be a shepherd because,
Psalm 23 “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”
All I am saying is, too many claim to be called to servant leaders, but clearly show that they are not qualified to be shepherds according to God’s criteria. Feed the lambs and the sheep, bring them to good pasture lands and water, groom and clip them, deliver new lambs, lead them and teach them to stay together, go off after the wandering lost ones, and protect the sheep in the field and in the fold.