People always say that sheep are dumb. But that’s actually not true. Sheep are some of the most intelligent animals alive. So why do they have such a bad rep?
Because they “mindlessly” follow their shepherd…“like lambs to the slaughter”.
We say mindlessly, but the truth is the reason sheep follow their shepherd is because they know him. Science has proven that sheep are one of the few animals that recognize faces, both animal and human. And the part of the brain that recognizes faces, is also the part that recognizes voices (thanks google!) All of this to say that sheep following their shepherd is not mindless at all. In fact, we could learn a thing or two from these fuzzy ole creatures.
John 10:4 “…and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
The truth is, God isn’t asking you to be a super-Christian. He’s not asking you to be perfect, or productive. He’s not asking you to come up with new ministry ideas, create new things or even do lots of good things.
He’s just asking you to be a sheep.
Learn to hear His voice and do what He tells you. Go where He leads you. Listen to His good ideas and depend on His strength to do them.
Jesus himself was like a sheep, following his Father-Shepherd.
John 5:19 “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.'”
So let’s take the pressure off of ourselves to be the next “big thing” and just learn how to be a sheep. Just a fluffy, following, faithful lil sheep.
How do you feel about the idea of God speaking to you? Does it feel tangible or just too far out there? Have you heard his voice before? How does he speak to you?