If you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock, And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds. (Song of Songs 1:8 NASB)
When our girl asks how to get back into a good place with Jesus, He gives a 3 part answer.
Last week we looked two of the 3 – the book ends.
The first is to live in community – go forth on the trail of the flock
By the tents of the shepherds – walk in relationship with leaders
Today I want to talk about the one in the middle. I kind of stepped over it last week.
“And feed your little goats” (Song of Songs 1:8 NKJV)
She got into this mess because having been in a place of wonderful worship, and falling so completely in love with Jesus, she basically got her self involved in everything anyone suggested for her. And believe me, hang around the church for a bit, and you will find plenty to do.
But get this, the solution is not complete abstinence from participation, not pulling back out of fellowship and ministry. Not at all.
The solution is found in walking in community, submitting to godly leadership, and taking on the care and feeding of YOUR little goats.
Let’s unpack that a bit.
Where the NKJV uses the word feed, the NASB says pasture and the NIV says graze. This young Jesus Lover is not told to come up with amazing revelation for a mature flock, but to lead the ones that the Lord has drawn to her into safe and nurturing fields where they can graze in safety.
At one time in my life there was a brand new Christian in my work place. She was like a wonderful sponge and would eat up anything put before her. The biggest challenge was to keep her from listening to some of the crazies on the radio and TV, and get her hooked up with some good safe Bible basics.
This is exactly the method Jesus used when restoring Peter. Do you remember? Peter had failed the Lord and really felt like he had no right to be taking up any more of Jesus time. He was ashamed because he totally blew it and denied the Lord 3 times when Jesus was in big trouble.
But Jesus came to him and asked him 3 times (once for each denial?) “Do you love Me?”
Each time Peter affirmed “You know I love you”
And each time Jesus said “feed my sheep.” With slight variations
Jesus had the same restoration advice for Peter as he did for our maiden
But here is the important thing. He does not say, “get involved, do whatever they ask of you” He says care for the ones I put in your care. Our involvement must be Spirit led and directed or it will crush us every time.
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So today, start saying “No” when the Spirit is not giving you a “Yes” and start feeding the little goats that the Lord has drawn to your side.
See you next week
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