Saturday: 7th December, 2019
Reference: Matthew 9:35-10:1-8
Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
The first thing Jesus noticed with the multitudes was their weariness,
– extreme tiredness as a result of overexertion. When sheep have no shepherd, they have to work much harder to find better pasture, good drinking water and safe dwelling. Such sheep therefore end up more exhausted and they can become particularly demotivated and distressed when they encounter a few unsuccessful attempts.
Secondly, sheep without shepherd have
no particular direction so scatter in all directions. There is no single aim to move towards hence sheep move everywhere and anywhere. They follow their herd-instinct which often leads to their demise. A shepherd who knows his sheep is followed by them and they are led along to greener pastures- a path to follow.
One more thing noticeable about shepherdless sheep is lack: for when ‘the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’. Sadly, because many shepherds are out of their post, there is lack in many facets of life: in the home, in schools, in politics and even in the church. A lack of good examples and role models to follow, a lack of instruction, lack of access to opportunities, a lack of motivation to press forward after a defeat.
Where have all the shepherds gone to? Have we all forgotten our roles as guides of the flock? Today we are reminded of what happens when the shepherds are not at post. We really have no excuse because each of us has some shepherding role to play in some aspect. Therefore, if you are not at post, now is the time to return. The body of Christ really needs shepherds at post, not shepherds in name.