“When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” – I Peter 5:4
“Shepherd” means exactly what the word would imply – one who herds sheep. To “herd” is to guide, in a group, or corral. The Bible says many times that people are like sheep, and that’s pretty evident today in peer pressure, whether it be in small groups of friends or what nations face from other nations. Let’s face it – we humans aren’t always too bright. We’re easily swayed one way or another, as we follow those around us.
While other humans can be assistant shepherds, if you will, it is vital to heed the voice of the Shepherd, Jesus Christ, over all other voices that speak into our lives. If we listen to other humans above Him, we are running the risk of following false prophets who “come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Jesus said, in contrast, “I am the good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Let’s be sure we follow the Shepherd who gives eternal life and are careful not to be led astray.