A few years ago, I remember seeing a video where a shepherd challenged onlookers to call his sheep and see if they would follow them. He demonstrated to the crowd the exact way he calls them. Person after person, each one attempted to lure the sheep over, but they would ignore them. After various attempts, the shepherd steps in and does the same call. Not surprisingly, they immediately come over as soon as they hear his voice.
Contrary to what many people think, sheep are not stupid. Their intelligence comes in just below that of a pig and on par with cattle. The reason why people think sheep are not as intelligent is that sheep react to situations. This instinct makes them somewhat unreliable in terms of making calculated decisions. Also, since they have no way of defending themselves, they run from danger and band together in large numbers for protection.
Because they band together for protection and are reactive to situations, they also erroneously follow one another without thinking about where they’re going. Ironically, they also like to maintain a safe zone between themselves and other sheep. The reason for this is so that they have adequate “flight distance” in the event they need to run from danger.
It’s no wonder Jesus often refers to us as His sheep. He knows us better than anyone else. He also knows that we’re easily led astray by other sheep or a perceived friend because of how we are. He created us this way to follow him, but instead, the enemy uses this against us. Today take the time to recognize the Good Shepherd’s voice, rather than the one that leads us away to danger.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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