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When I was in college I was one of very few Mormons on campus. Students who learned that I was LDS were mostly unimpressed, and one comment I got a lot was “You’re just a bunch of mindless sheep.” I was without a comeback for quite a while (probably because I’m mindless…) but then started responding, “It’s hard to be a sheep. It takes a lot of focus. It’s more natural to be a goat.”
Matthew 25 talks about sheep and goats:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…(Matt 25:32 – 34).
So sheep must have something going for them… Other than being so cute that someone I know slept with a lamb stuffed animal well into her teens. (Okay, fine! It was me! And I was in my 20’s!) What is it about them that so pleases the Lord that He uses them as examples in the scriptures? And how can we be good sheep?
1. Know the Master’s voice
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers (John 10:4, 5).
Sheep don’t follow blindly. They know that safety lies in following the shepherd they can trust. They’ve learned to trust their shepherd because they’ve seen that he cares for them enough to risk his life to protect them. Trust is faith, and we follow Jesus Christ because we know Him. And to truly know Him — to know of His goodness, purity, and love — is to trust Him implicitly.
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