I am like a Sheep. I am a Sheep. And so are you.
I find it interesting that of all the creatures on earth, Jesus compared us to sheep. The first reason is clear – He took ordinary things in people’s lives and used them for illustration, to make His message understandable by the ordinary working class. But there is also another reason. Those that have worked with sheep and been with them for any length of time can testify that there is nothing quite so dumb as a sheep. The comparison is true. It is speaking of you and me.
Sheep wander, they get lost, and believe it or not – they DO NOT LEARN.
It’s almost insulting to be compared to these hopelessly ridiculous creatures – and yet…
I am humbled by the words of Jesus. And touched by His protection over me – just like a shepherd. Protecting, leading and guiding. Watching, hoping and believing that I’ll finally get it right. All the while knowing that it is a stretch because I am a sheep. Hopelessly dumb – and constantly wandering and yes – even getting lost. I break away many times in my much-anticipated freedom – breaking off the restraints that hold me safe – only to find that I am more lost than ever before. I blow it – get off track and wander even further away from His loving arms of protection – it is then that I realize – I am nothing without the lavish love of the Great Shepherd. Will I ever get it right? Will I ever learn? And this is why – we need a Savior. Jesus came to save His lost sheep. It wasn’t enough that the lost were found – He loved them so much that He died for them.
Isaiah 53 (Message Bible)
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him.
Who else do you know that loves you so much? Would anyone you know really die for you? How about someone you didn’t know? How about then? Is there anyone you can think of that would do that? This is exactly what Jesus did. He died ‘while we were yet sinners’ still living far from Him – wandering around and doing our own thing – getting lost and messing it up – just like sheep.
Are you in need of a Shepherd today? Call out His name – He’ll be there in a hurry to rescue you and to lovingly embrace you with His protective arms – keeping you on a safe path. Stay close to Him and He will watch over you with a relentless love. Always.