Scripture says we are sheep and need to be like children (John 10:14; Matt. 18:1-2). Neither of these are flattering images. Sheep must be led. I’ve heard sheep can’t care for themselves or find food and water without help. If this isn’t entirely true of sheep it’s definitely true of children. Kids are loved but not competent. Everything about them is developing—intellect, emotions, social skills, character…you name it.
This morning I was reminded of these depictions of believers. I felt comforted and relieved as I meditated on them. Most days I feel like a bumblebee—swerving and running into things along my squiggling flight path. I do not feel competent or adequate at work, leading worship, preaching, parenting…you name it. Life is trial and (many times) error.
Thank God Jesus sees me as a sheep or a child. He doesn’t expect me to be capable, competent, and put together. I am a loose shoelace, a messy face, a dependent. He must lead me to green pastures and beside still waters (Psalm 23:2). Apart from Him I can do nothing (John 15:5).
Granted, accepting this is murder to my self-esteem. But it is my flesh that wants to esteem itself. For the child of God, it is enough to esteem Jesus and be esteemed by Him. Sheep don’t feel the need to be more than sheep; there is nothing wrong with needing the care of their Shepherd.
Feel the arms of your Father embracing you. Like any parent, He accepts you without reservation. He looks on your halting attempts with affection.
Be comforted because your Shepherd is with you, holding His rod and staff (Psalm 23:4). He won’t let you wander off. He will keep you close. Rest in Him (Matt. 11:28).