God sees us as his flock. This is an image which we often have for the church, but maybe do not appreciate. In fact the BBC recently wrote an article called ‘bring the flock back to church.’ But what does this really mean? Is being prepared to sheep really a positive thing?
We can see Jesus refereeing to his people as his flock in Matthew 26:31 (as one example). In Acts 20:28-30, Paul admonishes the elders of Ephesus to be on guard and mindful both of themselves and the flock (refereeing to the church). The same theme is in 1 Peter 5:1-3. The command Peter gave to the elders is the same which he received many years prior by Jesus. Jesus had challenged Peter three times as to the sincerity of his love and told him to “feed My sheep/lambs” (John 21:15-17).
We must never forget what it means that God sees us as his flock. We can see that God has an amazing love for his flock Psalm 100:3 says “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.“.
We also have the beautiful picture where Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd in John 10. “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” and “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
You see the fact that God sees us as his flock puts is in an amazing privilege position. God sees us as something He cares for. He knows each of us by name and cares for each of our needs. He lay down his own life to save ours. He doesn’t just let us wander around, but he leads us. He Feeds us both physically meeting our needs and spiritually (Psalm 23:2). He guards us from danger and the attack of the enemy.
To be part of God’s flock doesn’t mean that we are some silly sheep, with a lot of other sheep just walking around the field. It means that we amazingly special and loved by God.