“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matt 9:26).
I am reminded of a vision I had a few weeks ago. In the vision, I saw so many people in fight or flight mode. Majority were running trying to save their lives. On the contrary, there were those who looked calm. In all honesty, the picture I got on them was that of a domesticated chicken. If you grew up in the farm, you’ll know what I am talking about. There is a difference between the free range breed chicken, and hybrid chicken. Hybrid chicken, are clean and well-groomed as compared to free range chicken.
I remember back home in Africa, we used to rear both breeds. There were days I would take the hybrid breed chicken outside their coop, and their reaction used to be priceless. This breed had a little too much trust on humans. They’ll stare at the sun and everything. It’s reaction was both amusing and interesting. Contrarily the free ranged would only allow anyone to feed them from a distance; no contact as possible as they can. They wouldn’t never stare at the sun, if anything, the only time they looked up is when they were watching for their enemy; eagle. In other words this breed were ever in fight or flight mode. They trusted humans but not all the way.
Generally speaking, a domesticated animal or bird is never afraid of lacking food or shelter. It’s major concern is its relationship with its owner. For some reason they know that they are never their own; they belong to another.By no chance am I calling followers of Christ, “domesticated animals or birds”. Actually, when I received this revelation in this analogy, I was hesitant to jot it down. Well, its true God talks to us through what we can relate with. If He had chosen to speak to me using car language, I don’t think it would have made a home run.
Anyway, just as the domesticated animals are not their own but someone’s else’s, we are no longer our own, we are Christ’s. The bible says “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me“( Gal 2:20). Living a mortified live shows that we are domesticated because we don’t act on our own, rather we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We move when He says move, and we stay when He says stay. We speak when He says speak, and shut our mouth when He says so. etc
We will never grow weary if we let God guide and shepherd us by His Spirit. The bible says that “we should not grow weary in doing good”. Naturally, we are prone to grow weary when we decide to do good on our own might. It’s not by our might nor by our power, but its by the power of the Holy Spirit. The thing is when we grow weary, we become more open to following any voice, and consequently being scattered; we lose wave length with our Father. In other words, we lose focus, and hop from one thing to the next, and as a result our thoughts being scattered; “a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (Js 1:8).
We need a shepherd to guide us to green pasture; to lead us beside still water; to anoint our heads; and to keep us protected. My question to you today is are you domesticated or wild? If you are wild and you want to be domesticated, that is possible too. I have seen a lion being domesticated. The gentiles were the wild tree that had to be crafted into an olive tree to form a new man. Beloved, nothing is too hard for God to do. He is only waiting for you to surrender your will to Him. Tell Him, “not my will, but your will”. Be domesticated my friend.
Love and Blessings