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Why Savvy Sheep?

These days we have the idea that if you're called a sheep, you are stupid, gullible, and naive. I don't think those are the kind of sheep God has called into His service. While it is true that God knows more than we ever could, as Paul wrote, "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength," (1 Corinthians 1: 25 NIV), we are still called to use our brains as followers of Christ. The Bible says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work," (2 Timothy 3: 16-17 NIV), and in another place, it reads, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth," (2 Timothy 2: 15 NIV).

So the Bible calls us to be smart, or savvy sheep, not stupid or naive sheep.  We don't follow blindly or mindlessly--we've studied the ways of God and seen that they are in every way right and true (Psalm 34:8).

It is true that my first name means "like a lamb," or alternatively, "ewe lamb."  Some of you might have caught on to that, but I am not referring to myself personally as "the savvy sheep."  I'm just following the Good Shepherd, just like many others out there whom I've never met.  The mission of this site is not to present myself as some sort of super-knowledgeable or super-spiritual Christian (2 Corinthians 10: 17, 18); rather, it's a call to all true followers of the Good Shepherd to be savvy.  It is my personal plea urging readers to be alert for the traps and the wolves in disguise in this world, but to stay friendly and loving, not angry and bitter, while they're at it.