I’m going to try to share something weekly in my blog, and I have a couple saved up already, but here’s one current thought bubbling and brewing in my brain.
In a weekly Bible text podcast for Sunday, I heard a description of sheep that has stayed with me. The fourth Sunday of Easter (April 22, 2018) is always “Good Shepherd” Sunday, with a John 10 reading about Jesus the good shepherd, and Psalm 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd…” It turns out sheep are NOT good at being chased or pushed. They run, they freeze, they act out. If you want to guide sheep, you are gentle, calm, and you lead them, not push them. I’m reviewing the ways of Jesus versus other leaders of the time (and today), and thinking about how we help people grow and get involved in the church. Gentle, loving, not pushing but leading. Hmmm. That may not be the way each person is motivated (and that’s ok), but there are some interesting applications. Showing the way. Knowing where you are going. A Jesus of humble service, not forceful might. Hmmmm. What do YOU think of that?