hen Jesus taught on this earth, sheep with their shepherd were an everyday sight that would easily stick in the minds of those who listened. And while there is much about the characteristics of sheep and the dynamic of their relationship with their shepherd that serves to illustrate our discipleship life with our Shepherd better than any other analogy, we don’t see sheep every day. Sheep aren’t in the news. And most of us never connect with any animals other than our domestic pets.
Take cats, for instance. We are often like cats—proud, self-contained, warming up to the master only when they want something. They spend a lot of time just sleeping in the sun. That analogy doesn’t go much further.
The life of dogs is closer to a discipleship analogy. They live to love... »