Shepherding is at the heart of who Jesus is. He even calls himself, the Good Shepherd.
Recently I heard a man named Jim Brown speak about his time learning how to be an actual sheep-herder to real sheep. The advice from the sheep-herder went something like this:
To be a good shepherd you have to do 2 things:
- You have to love the sheep.
- You have to love being with the sheep.
Regarding #1. Loving something/someone implies a proximity. Being close to others in heart, soul, mind is essential. Jesus hung out with the disciples, who were a salty bunch to say the least. Their lives, habits, and actions might have smelled metaphorically exactly as a sheep pen would. Because of Jesus’ love, however, He chose to be near the stink, the mess that they were, and that we are.
Regarding #2 – The challenge in shepherding really are the times where a shepherd would be distracted by something they might rather have been doing. The sheep-herder who shared these insights also offered a story about a sheep-herder who chose to leave the flock on the hills while he went to town to grab a pint. Once he returned from his break-time, 300 sheep were slaughtered, strewn out over the hills because the wolves were able to attack. The shepherd was absent. Jesus says, “I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
We, of course, are not sheep, yet are likened to sheep by Jesus himself. I wonder what he was implying.
We have a greater amount of will. We actually have the choice to be shepherded or not.
Stockholm Life Church is counting on Jesus Christ to be the Good Shepherd that he promises and is.
As we Discover God and Live life together, why not allow God to begin to shepherd your own heart.
He loves you, and wants to be with you.