Sheep, Goats, and Wolves, Part 2
by Keith Hassell | March 10, 2011
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
As stated in Part 1, the Lord will one day separate between the sheep and the goats. He will also judge the wolves. Each of us must ask ourselves the question: Am I a sheep, goat, or wolf? Only the Lord’s evaluation will matter one day. In the mean time, we can test ourselves where we stand. Let us consider a few more comparisons between sheep, goats, and wolves:
- Sheep seek the shepherd readily, goats seek the shepherd as a last resort, and wolves never seek the shepherd.
- Sheep allow love to cover a multitude of sins, goats allow gossip to uncover a multitude of sins, and wolves lead others into a multitude of sins.
- Sheep resist sin, goats yield to sin, and wolves justify their sin.
- Sheep crucify their flesh, goats pacify their flesh, and wolves feed on flesh.
- Sheep develop character, goats follow charisma, and wolves depend upon charisma to override character.
- Sheep serve out of love, goats serve out of obligation, and wolves serve for personal gain.
- Sheep seek reconciliation, goats avoid reconciliation, and wolves refuse reconciliation.
- Sheep are humble, goats are selfish, and wolves are proud.
- Sheep love all, goats love those who love them, and wolves love themselves.
- Sheep seek to bring about change through humility, prayer, and godly appeal. Goats bring about change through protest and complaint. Wolves bring change through manipulation, intimidation and domination.
- Sheep lift up the shepherd, goats wear down the shepherd, and wolves pull down the shepherd.
- Sheep are merciful and forgiving, goats are calloused and unfeeling, and wolves are unmerciful and fierce.
- Sheep promote unity, goats hinder unity, and wolves divide and scatter.
- Sheep rejoice in the truth, goats tolerate mixture, and wolves sow lies.
- Sheep rejoice to see the shepherd, goats resent the shepherd, and wolves resist the shepherd.
- Sheep welcome the shepherd’s hand, goats butt the shepherd’s hand, and wolves bite the shepherd’s hand.
- Sheep heed the shepherd’s voice, goats heed the shepherd’s staff, and wolves heed the shepherd’s rod.
- Sheep are led, goats are managed, and wolves are driven out.
- Sheep identify with the shepherd, goats identify with other goats, and wolves identify with other wolves.
- Sheep have a flock mentality, goats have a herd mentality, and wolves have a pack mentality.
- Sheep adapt to boundaries, goats test boundaries, and wolves reject boundaries.
- Sheep focus on the shepherd, goats focus on themselves, and wolves focus on weak and struggling sheep.
- Sheep reproduce sheep, goats reproduce goats, and wolves reproduce wolves.
- Sheep do not heed the voice of a stranger, goats entertain the voice of a stranger, and wolves are the stranger.
- Sheep are known by their fruit, goats are known by their fruit, and wolves are known by their fruit.
Is that a "Ba-a-a-h", a "But", or a "Growl" I hear?