A good shepherd does not limit his flock to only one field due to concerns of losing his herd. He learns to respect each individual for who they are under God while teaching them how to grow to their full potential . As they mature he watches from a distance as the flock learns to live in the freedom of the spirit by understanding the discipline in the Word of God to live a full life led by God without being restricted by man. He is not to let one in his flock wander off without looking for them to show them the way back home while searching for others that may be lost from other herds in the wilderness of this world. He does not force them to return or condemn them when they may get lost. But he welcomes them with open arms full of love as the others rejoice when another rejoins the flock in the field of true fellowship.
When a shepherd limits his flock to one field without moving them from one field to the next then the field which they are stuck in becomes restricted and even loses nutrients over time. In restricting the flock it causes some to jump fence, others to wander off, and even some to starve by not not learning how to live and move in this fallen world. There is great joy when we learn to graze and respect our position under God but even more so when we hear that call of the shepherd to come home…Amen
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