The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them (Ezekiel 34:1-6)”.
This morning when I read this account of how the shepherds took care of their flock, it broke my heart. Their needs were being met but what they were supposed to take care of was being neglected. The shepherds did not fulfill their responsibilities. There was sickness, the sheep were treated unfairly, no one went to find them when they got lost, and they were killed because no one protected them. Please am I the only one who sees a comparison between the lost sheep that Ezekiel is talking about and the lost sheep of Nigeria today?
Anytime, I leave the comfort of my home and office and drive to wherever I want to go and I see people, I don’t see people who are getting what they deserve; I see a people who have no shepherd. I see oppressed people who are surrounded by people who take advantage of them. I see people who don’t have enough food to eat. I see people who don’t have the education or skills to get proper employment to provide for their families; even those  who have the skills or education can’t find a decent job to provide for their families. Generation after generation, we have been taught that it is every sheep (person) for themselves; we even coined a slang for this – OYO meaning On Your Own. Is this what God wants us to do as Christians?
Even, when our Lord Jesus was going from town to town and saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36); He didn’t say OYO or the land is survival of the fittest.
So what are we to do as Christians?
I like what Jesus said in Matthew 25:37-40, “then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
You might be thinking that this is a Nigerian problem because God has blessed me and my family. I am telling you today that thiss not just a Nigerian problem, it’s everyone’s problem – you and I. We have a responsibility to have compassion for people in need and we must not get involved in hurting people’s lives.

Who is Jesus asking you to help today? Whoever you help today you harvest for Him; for the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. As we plan for our respective owanbes today, let’s remember to help.
As we do so, I pray that God will make us a good worker in His vineyard. I also pray that God will make us a vessel of honour in Jesus name. Amen.
Good morning and enjoy your day.

Written By Dr. Adebayo Odunowo

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