Giving Sheep Herders Some Much Deserved Respect

by Kevin on December 8, 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to you all. I will likely be lynched by an angry mob of cowboys for what I am about to say.

Some of the best “cowboys” I have ever seen were actually sheep herders.

These highly skilled cowboys have received a bad wrap. No one ever played Sheep Herders and Indians growing up. There are no rodeo events with sheep involved (at least not for adults). No NFL football team will be named the New Mexico Sheep Herders. I seriously doubt that will strike fear into the hearts of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I’ve never met a good sheep herder that couldn’t hold his own gathering cows, but I have seen some pretty good cowboys get bamboozled gathering sheep. You only have to gather cattle maybe twice a year-shipping and branding. Sheep herders have to gather about 650 times a year because they have to drench the sheep (for the townies — drench is just some medicine given to the sheep). When you learn to rope little sheep, big cows aren’t any big deal.

I bring all this up to let you know that sheep herders have a great place in Christianity history. The Lord constantly talked about shepherds, as well as fishermen. I guess you are double blessed if you own a sheep ranch and a bass boat.

The very first fellows to hear about Christ being born and to tell others about it were sheep herders. These shepherds were told that Christ had been born, they went and checked it out, and then went out and told everyone the good news.

Luke 2:16-18 (SCV)

16So the Sheep Herders hit a high trot and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in a feed trough in the barn. 17When they had seen him, they told everyone they came across what they had found out about the new baby, 18and all who heard it were amazed.

From the time Christ was born, he asked us cowboys (a term including sheep herders) to go and tell people about Him. The Lord knew that when it came to a tough job, He could count on cowboys. We are not afraid of getting run over, pushed around, horned, kicked, stomped, rope burned, bitten, chased up a tree, or getting a splinter (any cowboy’s wife will argue that last point).

The point is, God asked some of our buddies a long time ago to be the first people to tell people about Jesus Christ and they did a bang up job. Well, the job’s not done yet. Get out there today and tell someone how Jesus can save them from themselves and “all who hear it will be amazed.”

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