CHARACTERISTICS OF GOATS (1) - EZEKIEL 34:1-24

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We’ve previously looked at who goats are and the two types of goats in any sheepfold: circumstantial and natural. Let’s have a look at some more characteristics of goats in any sheepfold.

1.Goats don't stay in church: Goats are rootless and unsteady kind of people. They go to 52 churches in the 52 weeks of the year. Jesus is their pastor, The Holy Ghost is their guide, and the Body of Christ is the name of their church. They never commit to any place to settle down to build ties and grow. They are the kind of people that know what obtains in every church in their town because they have sampled all and are still sampling others. 

2.Goats are paranoid and unable to trust: The inability of goats to settle down in one place and grow is a natural consequence of this factor. Goats are not only unable to trust others, they also cannot trust themselves to live a life that is expected of a true sheep. Thus, they wander around, sniffing everyone they come in contact with in suspicion. At the end of the day, the tendency to hold others in suspicion is the result of their inability to trust themselves. Sheep are trusting. Sheep are willing to believe the vision of God for their lives and make the required sacrifice to live up to this Christ-like ideal. They trust others also, which is why they are able to build with the shepherd and not scatter.

 

PRAYERDear father, thank you for opening my eyes to the truth in your word! Help me to work in love, understanding and obedience to the shepherd you’ve given me. Amen!
 
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Jeremiah 28:1-29:32, 1 Timothy 1:1-20, Psalm 86:1-17, Proverbs 25:17