For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25
It’s disheartening to think of people wandering aimlessly through this world, living only for the moment while believing what they see is all there is to life. They’re like sheep without a shepherd.
“There is nothing more helpless than a lost sheep except a lost sinner.” A. T. Robertson
Without a Protector
Sheep are defenseless creatures. They will not fight. Often, they will be too scared to even run. The poor animals will just freeze in place and be consumed by their enemy. They need a protector, someone to keep them away from dangerous places and to fend off wild predators.
The soul without Christ is also helpless. It remains under the power of sin and is vulnerable to the dangers found in this world. Only when one turns to Christ for salvation will they find protection from sin and safety from trouble.
Without a Provider
When left on their own, sheep struggle to survive. By nature they are neither hunters nor explorers. You’ll not find sheep traversing the countryside in search of food or shelter. Sheep simply eat what is in front of them and rest wherever they find themselves. The poor creatures without a shepherd are often lost and threatened with starvation.
Like stray sheep, souls need a shepherd to provide their needs. With Christ one finds stability and strength to live. He gives rest to the weary soul, power to the weak in spirit, and comfort to the burdened heart. The lost sinner has hope. Jesus Christ is the shepherd of those that believe on Him.
Without a Purpose
A stray sheep has no purpose. Where do they go? Wherever the path in front of them leads. Sheep do not plan or scheme. They follow the food, or what they believe to be food. The simple creatures live only to gratify the flesh without even the slightest thought to consequence. So sheep are easily entrapped.
There are many people in this world that are like stray sheep. They wander aimlessly through life without any purpose whatsoever. Because they have nowhere to go they live in the moment, often indulging their sinful desires. They are easily overcome with sin. But why not, what else to do they have to live for?
Christ offers hope to the sinner because He provides a purpose to life. The believer receives a new life with a new direction. They are heading for heaven and along the way they are to glorify their Lord and Saviour.
Jesus Christ offers His protection, provision, and purpose to all that believe on Him. The Saviour redeems sinful souls, establishes peace with God the Father, fills hearts with joy, and produces hope in empty lives.
With Christ the wayward soul finds a shepherd.