While Scriptures have a lot to say about sheep, the only color God assigns His sheep is crimson red. “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
White Sheep – Haven’t we all seen the cute pictures of these cuddly, woolly creatures joyfully following the shepherd? While those images bring a smile to my face, sheep are stubborn and intent on their own way. Does that sound like anyone you know?
Too often we leap and follow our own plan or we follow others. The white sheep must depend on the Shepherd in order to hear His voice and be led by His Spirit.
Black Sheep – We’ve heard the expression; the black sheep of the family. What a miserable label to have pinned on another person. Have you shamed or embarrassed the family because you have strayed from their expectations? Perhaps your heart is rebellious and you have brought disappointment to the ones you love, including yourself.
The black sheep must depend on the Shepherd in order to live the abundant life the Savior has bought for them. Everyone of us at one time or another have been lost. The Shepherd searches for his lost sheep and extends his arms wide open in welcoming him home with unconditional love. I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7 (NKJV)
Bummer Lambs – An orphan lamb is one that is not able to be raised by its mother and needs to be fed on milk replacer. At times the ewe may reject the lamb, simply because it cannot produce enough milk. Other times the mother refuses to care for her young. Believe it or not, these rejected and abandoned lambs are called bummer lambs.
The orphan lambs must depend on the shepherd in order to live. He nurtures the lambs just like a mother ewe. Without him the lambs would die. As a result, when the shepherd calls to the flock, it is the bummer lambs that run to him first. They have received the blessing of having been personally cared for by the shepherd!
Brokenness is a gift from the Good Shepherd. Those of us who know we are broken and loved by God eagerly run to Him for His grace, His mercy and His goodness. What a blessing!
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