“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:8- 20 ESV
In today’s culture, one of the names people are being called is a “sheep”. I’m not starting anything political here, I’m just observing a name I have heard referenced.
I was forwarded a story that was titled “The Day I Became a Sheep” by Sharon Jaynes. In the story above, we read of the shepherds and their call to find God. The point of the story is that by the time they found Christ, these shepherds had heard the voice of the Shepherd and had now become sheep. They returned praising God for all they heard and saw. Their lives were different. No longer were they not only in charge of sheep but now they belonged to the Shepherd who they had been spoken to about.
So, here is the point. Do you know the Shepherd? Do you hear His voice? Are you one of His sheep? If so, being called a sheep is not a derogatory remark but you and I can count it a privilege to be part of the fold.
Today glorify and praise God for being one of His sheep.
Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 35 years. They have two adult children. Kathy encourages women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.