It’s quite fascinating as to how God uses analogies to describe different situations, characters and relationships in the bible. But the one analogy that God uses to describe the relationship between true Christians and him is often side-lined, and this relegation of the nature of the relationship has served greatly to our detriment one too many times. This article ought to enlighten you as to how God has described our relationship with him. He uses the relationship between sheep and their Shepherd at various points in the bible to narrate our relationship with him.
“Know that he is the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture”
God, being self-described as a shepherd, uses the word sheep to describe those who follow him. It’s a no-brainer as to why God uses the sheep to outline Christians. You see, sheep follow their shepherd wholeheartedly, they give little thought as to where he is leading them to and the sheep adhere to his instructions and follow his directions. In summary, they follow that shepherd blindly.
We see this in Genesis 12, where God simply told Abraham to leave his house, his country to a land he would show him. Now, I don’t know how much faith any of us have but if God told any of us to get up and leave a place we were born in, grew up in, and no doubt had friends and family in, it would be kind of a good time to disagree. But, Abraham didn’t he rarely knew god but chose to follow him without giving a thought or sulking. That is true faith and trust, that is the perfect example of a sheep in God’s flock, Abraham followed God blindly without complaint, without knowledge of where God was taking him to and what he had in store for him and God happened to make a name for him, installing him as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) patriarchs in the world. I’m not going to elaborate on how God still tested Abraham’s blind faith with his new son Isaac, because that type of faith is till beyond my comprehension, but you get the gist. If you truly count yourself amongst his flock, your faith in him as your shepherd is to be blind. You are not supposed to give thought to your pride or narcissism or even wonder what’s in it for you, you follow him without question like Abraham did, then you’re worthy enough to be counted amongst his flock.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
They are way too many people who take this verse out of context, very few people seem to even wonder what exactly this means and how God uses it. In this current day and age in which people seem to be fooled into believing that because you profess to serve God you have suddenly gained the ability to succeed in anything and everything , with some being so delusional as to thinking that they’re capable of anything. No…… that verse is God telling you that you’re are vulnerable and weak on your own. Your strength lies in him, there is nothing you can do without him. He is the one who points you in a direction and he’s the one who sees you through it. There is no sheep who can survive in a forest full of wolves without a shepherd to protect it, same way there is no Christian who can survive and thrive in this world, while living a life of Christ without God. Way too many Christians walk around with their chests high and their noses turned up thanks to their misconception of this verse, they live in their pretend, make-believe world in which they’re in change while God has been relegated to some kind of dispenser that only serves to boost their ego. they’ll go around social media proclaiming “good works” and “favour from God” foolishly thinking they’re in control and assuming God is some kinda Genie in a bottle whose only purpose is to grant gifts like Santa Claus on Christmas day.
I wonder which flock of sheep you’ve seen in which a certain sheep leads the shepherd. I don’t think the bible says Abraham took his family out of his country after telling God to make him a great name and instructed God to build a great nation after him, because he “believed in him”
You may not believe you do so, but when you say absolutely naive things like “God’s got my back” or “I can do anything because I’m Christian” you ought to realize what you’re doing. He hasn’t got your back, he’s driving and you’re following, he’s in charge and you’re in submission, there’s no sort of partnership in the church of Jesus Christ, you’re supposed to be in perfect obedience and servitude and HE would make a name for you! Don’t go around with narcissistic thoughts and pride thinking you can accomplish anything because you’ve got some dispenser of goodies on your back, you’ll only fool yourself if you do so.
You can do all things HE sends you to do through his strength, which he has given you. This kind of relationship you have with god is an adoption, HE cares for you, HE protects you, HE guides you, HE instructs you and YOU obey without complaint or rebellion. Any thought otherwise is tantamount to pride and foolishness.
Learn from Abraham, you follow him without question, without complaint and without pride. You’re a sheep in a flock, following a Shepherd case closed. It’s time you started acting and following like one.