Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What Kind of Sheep are You?

There are several different kinds of sheep. In which category will you find yourself?

Solitary Sheep
These sheep stay away from the flock. They isolate themselves when in trouble. They think the rest of the flock is too mature for them and that they are not worthy. Lambs, or new believers, fall into this category frequently. They have so much baggage and not enough knowledge of how to be a proper sheep. they are frequently sick or troubled. They require extra attention. The rest of the flock requires extra grace to deal with them. The shepherd knows exactly what they need and is willing to work with them. The rest of the flock should just be examples of proper sheep.

Hermit Sheep
These sheep stay away to avoid the shearing. These believers don't show up for special services or ONLY for special services. They hold back the offering and usually the tithe also. They won't allow the shepherd or the Holy Spirit to prune them. Their wool grows over their eyes and they are blinded by their own lusts and desires. Wolves devour them easily.

Wandering Sheep
They are never happy with the way things are. Nothing is ever big enough, fast enough or good enough. Praise and Worship is either too long, too short, too loud or too soft; not my style or not diverse enough. The messages are too strong or too soft; too much Word or not enough Word. The seats are too soft or too hard. This is not the way it used to be. They bring discontentment into the flock. They visit other flocks frequently looking for something that is probaly found at home, not realizing that the change that is needed is themselves.

Judas Sheep
They lead others to the slaughter. They are blinded by their own ideas of how things should be. this is mostly due to bad teaching they received elsewhere while 'flock-hopping'. They are not willing to submit to the truth, allowing it to become life in them. They are ALWAYS seeking an opportunity to betray their leaders. They are always looking for a way to prosper at someone else's expense. they lie, cheat and deceive. They are among you and you won't even know it until they commit their deception. They have no love for God's people.

Happy Sheep
Happy Sheep are innocent, but not naive. They trust the shepherd implicitly. They are tender and gracious toward leadership and the flock. They are patient with EVERYONE. They stick with their own shepherd and the flock.
They obey.
They submit.
They don't question authority.
They love.
They follow.
They are Happy Sheep.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Hebrews 13:17