Name Tags: You Are... (Part 59)
Lambs & Sheep
For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His Hand.
Psalm 95:7 (NASB)
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly--not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
1 Peter 5:2-4 (NLT)
When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
The analogy of people to sheep frequents both Testaments of the Bible. But is the name tag of 'sheep' demeaning? To the world, it's a subservient name--as if we don't possess minds of our own. To the church, it's an acceptable name--although most saints would rather be shepherds.
Still, it's one of our Savior's highest Names: the One that saved us. He's the Lamb of God. So He wasn't even a full-grown sheep. Instead, He was fully vulnerable, relinquishing all control of His Life: seemingly to the cruel will of men, but truly to His Father in heaven, Who turned His Son's sacrifice to the good.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't become uppity. You are sheep, so eagerly follow your Shepherd. You certainly don't want to be wolves. Neither pigs who can't discern a pearl, nor goats who won't make the final cut.
Given all the biblical choices (where people are likened to creatures) being a lamb or a sheep is great. If outsiders don't understand it, that's okay. Perhaps in time they will. If insiders refuse to own it, that's not okay. We need to be meek.
So study the attributes of sheep.* You can actually learn a lot. Because only in our submission can we be unassailably strong.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion: We The Sheep? http://amtcdevotions.org/bad-ideas-part-2-we-the-sheep
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.