All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. John 10:8
- False shepherds steal our peace. They set up impossible spiritual standards for us to meet, causing us to live in torment, never feeing we measure up.
- False shepherds steal our childlike trust. How can we trust a God whom, we’re told, is never pleased with us? We become like anxious children who know that when they round the corner into their parents’ room, they’ll probably experience disapproval.
- False shepherds steal our affection. How can we love a God with a cross face? Because they misrepresent God as the unreasonable Father, we miss the joy of knowing we are dearly loved children. We miss throwing our arms out in abandon, proclaiming our affections, knowing we will be joyfully received. No refusals.
If we can’t run home today with joy, or even limp home with high levels of confidence, chances are we’ve been robbed blind. Discover what’s missing. Then start looking in places where peace, trust, and affection should abide. False shepherds are rarely peaceful, humble, and gracious.
Show me where I am an easy target for a fast-talking robber. Amen