Day 1: Just Be A Sheep


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?

I’m linking up with The Nester every day in October for #31Days. You can find a list of all 31 posts as they are published by clicking here.

9 thoughts on “Day 1: Just Be A Sheep

  1. Hi Heather. It’s true, sheep get a bad rep. I can understand this because people who follow blindly, without any spiritual discernment whatsoever, are usually called “sheeple,” following someone without any knowledge of that leader is. But, then again, sheep are loyal little creatures to their shepherd because they know their shepherd will protect them.

    God speaks to us in many ways through many mediums: people, places, things, animals, events, intuition, etc. At least that is how his voice comes through for me. When I look deeply into something, I see the Divine.

    Looking forward to see what else you will be sharing!

  2. “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.”
    These are SUCH encouraging words.
    Great topic for 31 days…looking forward to reading along!

  3. Hey heather!

    I love God’s timing. I am currently in a class called the “practice of prayer” and we each had to pick a prayer practice for the next month or so and do a project on it. I am just started mine on listening prayer – based out of the scripture in John 10. It got me giddy when I saw your blog. I’m a bit late, but excited to read through them! Thanks for following our Shepherd and being obedient to Him – it is an encouragement to me and others!

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