Dwell in His Pasture

Psalm 100:3 – Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

What do you call those small, miniature lobster-looking creatures you find in lakes and streams?

Crawdads – Crayfish – Crawfish – Mudbugs – Yabbies – Mountain Lobsters

Your name for these creatures will vary, depending on the region of the country you are from.

I call them: crawdads. Surprisingly, there are only a couple of places in the United States where that term is used, and central California, where I grew up, is one of them. My language unconsciously represents the area I am connected to. The same is true for a follower of Jesus. We are “his people and the sheep of his pasture”. The more we dwell in His pasture, the more we will begin to unconsciously represent Jesus in our language, our attitudes, and our actions.

The Apostle Paul asked the church in Philippi to represent Jesus with the same dialect by, “being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord”. The mind and love and unity that he was asking them is to… “let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” He acknowledges that other pastures have taught us the language of looking out for ourselves. When we are consistent in dwelling in His pastures then our words and actions will unconsciously represent the attitudes, opinions, and desires of Jesus. Our lives grow in satisfaction as we live in the reality of being “his people” and those around us enjoy His love and care through us.

So What's Next? How do we dwell in His pasture? Here are a couple simple places to start...

Josh Grant
Senior Executive Pastor