Sheep need a leader. And ultimately sheep need a shepherd. And this isn’t a sign of weakness or stupidity. It’s a sign of wisdom and strength.
It's not stupid to want to group together in a big flock. That brings safety and security. It's not stupid to want to be guided by someone. That brings order and stability. What is stupid is getting mixed up in the wrong flock; what is stupid is following the wrong leader. Jesus said: 'Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves'. [Matthew 7.15]
Sheep aren't that stupid. They learn quickly which leader to follow. Not the aggressive dog with the growl; not the shrill shouting youths messing about up on the moor. They learn quickly the sound of their shepherd's voice, and it is that which directs their way.
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. John 10.27
We are the sheep of Christ. We flock together here, the rams and the lambs, the bold ones and the old ones, the timid ones and the careless ones. Our shepherd expects us to do just three things: to flock together, to listen to his voice, and to embrace the new sheep he will bring in from outside the fold.
- from today's talk, On being sheep.