January 3

Written by Bill Grandi on January 3rd, 2023

I read this morning in Our Daily Bread about how some volunteers from a rescue organization in Australia found a wandering sheep weighed down by more than 75 pounds of filthy, matted wool.  They figured it had been forgotten and lost in the bush for at least 5 years. They were able to sheer it and soon the sheep (named Baarack) began to eat and his legs grew stronger. It thrived in the environment of his rescuers and the other animals.

It started me thinking about people, about how so many are weighed down by excess weight (not physical) and baggage. Some of it is simply the cares of life. Some of it is baggage of their own making from their past.

I’m reminded of a song (click here). It says, “I’m no longer a slave to fear/I am a child of God.”  There are way too many people who are slaves to fear, shame, unconfessed sin, regret, and a whole host of other baggage.

Just like Baarack needed his rescuers to slowly sheer away his excessive weight of tangled, matted wool, so do many of us. God, through His Spirit, sets us free. He desires to make us new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17). His Word tells us that “he whom the Son has set free is free indeed.”

Are you carrying excess baggage these days? Are you weighed down by sin and shame and regret? Be sheered and let God’s Spirit set you free.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Bill, thanks for sharing this morning… Such a great parallel.

  2. Praying that if God finds me in need of shearing, He will do the job.
    Blessings, Bill!

  3. gail says:

    Bill, I think it so important that we as christians witness to as many people as we can. Because we all have different burdens and stories, and we have all been set free through Jesus Christ Our Savior. Who knows which story will help the next person cry out to Jesus to save them. Maybe your story will help guide the next lost sheep to Christ.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I believe you are absolutely right Gail. We never know how our life experiences will touch someone else. They may be experiencing it or may know someone who is. We cannot stay silent.