Sheep And Goats

Sheep and Goats

God’s word never returns void (Isa 55:11). It separates sheep from goats (cf. Jn 10:16,27; Rev 3:20). There are many goats who want to be called sheep, but they aren’t. They neither sound nor act like sheep. When it comes to hearing the Shepherd’s voice, they are grossly deficient and, thus, ignorant. As a result, they depart green pastures in search of something different. It’s not long before they find themselves entangled in the brambles of sin. Acting like the goats they are, they become, in a sense, their own worst enemies, although they would never think so. Even so, they have no ones to blame but the Devil and themselves.

Yes, it’s true that some Christians are ignorant because they are but unskilled babes in Christ. Others are ignorant because they lack someone to teach them. Still others (and I speak now of the goats) are ignorant through no fault but their own. They don’t like studying God’s word (i.e., listening intently to the Shepherd’s voice) as such proves far too tedious for them. Besides, listening to the Shepherd’s voice requires they think and act within the confines of His word and, quite frankly, “goats” (be they postmodernists or others) don’t like the restrictions of structured thinking and doing. As a result, they wind up wresting the Scriptures to their own destruction (cf. 2 Pet 3:16).

Let us work diligently not to be goats. Let us strive to walk in the light. Let us “Study to shew [ourselves] approved unto God, [workmen (sheep)] that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15, KJV). In the process, we may be certain that the Holy Spirit will instill in us a biblical worldview through which everything, even ourselves, will be judged. Without such a commitment, we will not be what God created us in Christ Jesus to be (cf. Eph 2:10; Rom 12:1-2).

Simper Fidelis!

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