I am a sheep.

In John 10, Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”

And He said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Our culture celebrates the powerful: Lions. Sharks. Alpha dogs. It doesn’t celebrate sheep. Sometimes “sheep” is even an invective.

Yet Jesus calls us sheep.

Sheep aren’t lions or sharks or alpha dogs. They need a shepherd. If they don’t learn their shepherd’s voice to follow it and not other voices, they’ll get lost or eaten.

Maybe that’s the point. Maybe that’s why Jesus calls us His sheep.

We don’t always know best. Sometimes we don’t know why Jesus tells us to do what He tells us to do, as He speaks to us through His Word. Sometimes we don’t know why Jesus leads us where He leads us.

But this we know: Our Shepherd works all things together for the good of His sheep. So we do what He says and go where He leads because we trust Him. Even when we don’t understand why.

I am a sheep.

And I’m not ashamed to be one—because I am Jesus’ sheep.