And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
In the above scripture Jesus could not overlook the state of the people because he understood how dangerous and devastating a destiny could be without a shepherd.
No matter how matured a natural sheep is, the security of his destiny is remaining under a shepherd.
There is no matured sheep that can look after itself, so there is no matured believer that will not need a shepherd.
Every child of God that does not have a shepherd is a spiritual destitute because he is vulnerable and his destiny is at risk.
Many don’t come close to fulfilling their destiny, because they lack a God ordained shepherd over their lives.
Here are some of the reasons why you need a shepherd:
1. To ensure availability of pasture (spiritual meal) for the sheep and to feed the sheep. This is the number one job of a shepherd. Since no one ever outgrows feeding none can outgrow the need for a shepherd. (I Peter 5: 1-2, Acts 20:38).
2. For continuous protection because you are a sheep sent among the wolves (Matthew 10:16). And the security of the sheep is only guaranteed by a shepherd; the sheep cannot defend himself against the wolves.
3. You also need a shepherd for care. (Hebrews 13:17, Ezekiel 34:10). The shepherd does not only feed and protect, but He also cares for the sheep.
4. You need a shepherd for fulfilment of destiny. (Jer. 3:15-16)
Jesus is Lord!
Bishop David O. Oyedepo