“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.”
–Ezekiel 34:12 NIV
God often compares Himself to a shepherd and His people to sheep. That should comfort us. A shepherd’s job is to protect his sheep, and to keep them healthy, well fed and watered. God does that for us spiritually. God leads us through the wisdom and instruction of His Word. He feeds us spiritually through that word and through His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. We need His guidance, protection, and feeding to survive spiritually. But I want to talk today about God’s little lambs. God seems to have a special affinity for children. He directs us to train them up in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6) He warns us against leading them astray. (Mark 9:42) And He commands that children be brought to Him. (Mark 10:14) It is the job of parents to see to it that their children know who Jesus is and what He has done for them on the cross. It is the job of each Christian congregation so see to it that the children in their midst learn the truths of the Bible and know God’s love for them. If you look up the word sheepish in the dictionary it’s defined as “showing embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence”. 2 Timothy 1: 7 tells us the God has given us a spirit of power, not timidity so that we are not ashamed to testify about our Lord. Our goal as sheep of the Good Shepherd is to remain strong in our faith, to testify boldly about our Lord, and to train Jesus’ little lambs so that they too become sheep who are not sheepish.
Please note that our Fall Kickoff service this Sunday will be OUTDOORS at 9:00 a.m. on the back lawn. Feel free to take the elevator down to the lower level to get out to the lawn. We will have folding chairs, but you are encouraged to bring your own as they will likely be more comfortable. A church potluck and games for the kids will follow the service.