|“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away. I will save my flock, and they will, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between on sheep and another.” –Ezekiel 34:20-21
As I read these verses this morning, God painted a picture on my heart. He painted a picture of a Church filled with Christians, both old and new alike, except that the older (in their faith) Christians were pushing the new Christians to the back and laughing at them and judging them. The scariest part of this picture was that I was in it, and I was laughing.
Many times, the biggest hypocrites are in the Church. We are so quick to gossip and yell about the specks in our brothers eyes that we fail to see the huge logs in our eyes. This was God’s issue against the “shepherds” of Israel. They only took care of themselves, but he said they should have been taking care of the flock as well. In vs. 4, God says, “You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd.”
You and I have been called to be our brother’s keepers, and we have been entrusted with the title of shepherds. What are you doing with your job? When the father comes, where would he find the sheep he has entrusted you with? Your entire Christian walk should be a selfless one. Jesus says that we ought to imitate his humility and selflessness; do you think you do that? Do you help the sick and comfort the broken hearted? Do you turn sinners away from the error of their ways? Do you take new Christians under your wings and help them grow theirs? Or do you just do the opposite? Do you judge Christians that are struggling with sin? Do you walk away from the sick? Do you toss babes in Christ to the side?
Where do you fit in the picture?
It is my prayer that God will enable us to live like he lived, love like he loved, walk like he walked, care like he cared, and be like he was.
When the Good Shepherd comes, where will he find you? I dare you to repaint the picture! I dare you to become the shepherd you were called to be! I dare you to crucify your selfish self! I dare you to care!
Stay blessed and spread the word.