There are tons of articles out there that talk of sheep, wolves and sheep dogs, basically the thought is that there are three kinds of people in the world; Sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. Sometimes the analogy gets derogatory (particularly when speaking of sheep.) Over the next couple of posts I’d like to give my own spin on the analogy and offer another category that I think has been missing to date.
I’ll tell you who really belongs in this group, you. Yep, you. (Now that I’ve offended all the brawny “mighty men of valor”, bear with me) I’m a sheep too. And so is every soul that Christ Jesus has chosen. We are all members of the flock of the Great Sheppard and we all fit the requirements of sheep when it comes to the Lord.
We bah and bleat about how hard it is to live “in the world, but not of the world.” We grow weary of the journey and need to prodded along by his staff. He is our protector and provider. Our Light and our hope. Our Rock and our redeemer. Without his grace we are all failures and doomed to die at the hands of the wolves of the world. But by his grace we are forgiven and protected from the ultimate evil of this world. Praise the Lord!
That said, let’s talk about sheep, or sheeple as they are often referred to. These are the folks who go about their day to day lives with nary a care. Most of us know some folks like this. They bah and bleat about all that’s wrong with their lives. They expect to be taken care of, and will give just about anything to feel safe.
If you’ve ever worked with or even just been around sheep, it’s not hard feel pity or even disdain for the poor creatures. Pathetic sheep is such an appropriate moniker. Grab a typical pasture rat and after the briefest of struggles they completely give up. Not only that, but they roll their eyes back in their head, loll their tongues out, feebly bleating all the while offering their jugular to any that want to take a quick swipe. Great for shearers, not so great for the sheep if it’s a wolf or a bad dog that’s taken a hold.
God’s plan for us is NOT to live by the hard work of others.
2 Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Nor does he want us to fear.
Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Be strong and courageous in his name.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
I encourage you take a lesson from the mouse in this blog post. Roar at evil and know that God loves you and has a plan for you in his kingdom.
Through the Grace of Almighty God, I am washed clean.
That is the daily miracle of our time. We are all sinners and as such even our most righteous acts are like dirty rags unto the Lord (Isa 64:6.) So how can we possibly expect to to gain favor in the sight of the Lord?
I have often fallen into the trap of thinking that I’m living a good life. I don’t harm others. I don’t steal. I only tell small harmless lies. I give money to church and charity. I’ve volunteered to help others get ahead. What more can I do. I’m GOOD…
This is the trap of the Pharisees. Not the traps that they tried to lay for Jesus, but the trap that they were tangled in themselves. Most of what is written in the Gospels about the Pharisees shows them to be conspiring against Jesus, mostly in an effort to justify themselves and their righteousness. What they forgot is that their most righteous acts were “like filthy rags” and it is only through the blood of sacrifice in repentance for our sins that we attain any righteousness.
Praise be to G_d in the highest, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
68 U.S. Senators need more of God’s help. Pray for them.
One of many it seems these days.
In these trying times, I encourage you to remember the support of your constituents at home. I was drawn to vote for you in part due to your stand on individual freedom and support of the Constitution.
I hope we can rely on you to stand against the recent assault on the 2nd Amendment and take it at it’s word “shall not be infringed.” Note, it does not say “unless the infringement is for ‘the common good’.”
If the American public truly wants reform on the ownership of private property (specifically firearms in this case) let Congress propose amending the constitution. That is the mechanism in place. Do not be sucked into supporting unconstitutional legislation, no matter the pressure from the establishment.
Remember, you represent the people, and the people are looking to you to fulfill the promises made before your election.
Let you representatives know how you feel. It’s the only way they will feel accountable to you.