CHARACTERISTICS OF TRUE SHEEP - EZEKIEL 34:1-24

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We’ve previously discussed what sheep and shepherds are, but it’s also important to understand what makes a person a true sheep in the sheepfold. Here are some of such characteristics. 

(a)They want to be shepherded: True sheep long to be shepherded because they enjoy it. They do not create strife and division through gossip or other means in the sheepfold. They settle in and yield to leadership. 

(b) They love to lie down in green pastures: Green pastures represent the ministrations of their God-given pastor. Sheep settle and grow with the ministrations of their God-given shepherd. They aren’t there simply for what they can get out of the pastor before moving on. 

(c)They never miss feeding time: True sheep are tractable creatures. They are never gallivanting around or distracted when feeding is going on. They are never in a hurry when eating; they stay as long as it takes until the service ends. True sheep can hardly wait to get to the next service. They are not the ones that say, “Thank God we are almost through or done!” They enjoy listening to their pastor preach. They don't place a time restriction on their shepherd. In fact, the shepherd has to stop them so that they do not over-eat. When somebody does not want to eat, he is not a good sheep. God told Elijah, “Eat for the journey is long (2 Kin. 19:7).” Not many church folks are like that. Some are short sermon lovers, day dreamers, Bible forgetters, non-note takers, mind-drifters, New-Testament-bible bringers and complainers. Which one are you?

 

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 23:21-25:38, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17, Psalm 84:1-12, Proverbs 25:15