Good Shepherd, Bad Sheep

 In Catalyst

““I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—” (John 10:14, NIV)

Last week, we were introduced to one of the ongoing analogies the Scriptures use to describe us: sheep.  And I suggested, tongue-in-cheek, that maybe we’re called sheep because we’re so cute.

And yet, I’m pretty sure that’s not correct. Sheep are cute, and they do have value…they are useful. I won’t

speak for you, but I don’t really like this analogy God uses for me. Why?  Because sheep are completely defenseless…weak and slow.  They have bad eyesight and are terribly skittish and anxious. They are not bright and are prone to go astray and get lost.  And, they can be very stubborn.


Now THAT describes me to a “T”. I’m stubborn because I’m not nearly as smart as I think I am. I’m prone to make decisions based on fear rather than faith. I like to think I’m strong – but that’s only in comparison to other sheep.  Put me in the ring with a wolf and I’m a gonner. But I guess the real reason I don’t like calling myself a sheep is because it is an admission: I need a shepherd.

Join us this week and we’ll talk about all the Good Shepherd does for us.  But we need to be “good sheep,” too.

Let’s make sure we’re not like this: