When Christians reflect on the parable of the sheep and the goats, in general we think we are all sheep. We consider ourselves to all be in the flock, under the care of Christ, the Good Shepherd. Ezekiel 34 points out, however, that all sheep aren’t always good sheep.
Even with the flock that is our church, sometimes a sheep can try to bull its way or its agenda through the other sheep. Sometimes a group of sheep fail to take the whole flock’s wellbeing into consideration. Sometimes the flock doesn’t notice the ones on the edge, struggling to make it out there on the margins.
As Christ’s body we are all connected together, all a part of one another. The Good Shepherd is concerned with all of the sheep. He calls us to be concerned with all as well. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, we too gain eyes to see the needs and hearts that seek to love. As Jesus cares for and loves us, we are in turn empowered to love and care for each other, especially the ones that are struggling and lost. The blessings that God has entrusted us with are meant to be shared so that all may be blessed.
Scripture reference: Ezekiel 34: 20-24