“Shrek the Sheep”

Shrek the Sheep

This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his normal fleece… Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus calls Himself a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep.

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ as savior but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd and the shepherd took care of the rest.

Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Christian, let Jesus shear off your extra baggage.  Give it to Him and let Him take control.

If you can’t call yourself a Christian or you aren’t sure you are a Christian, please read “You’re Dead, Now What?” .

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©Mark Davis 2013
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  1. What an amazing story! And a perfect analogy. Life’s too short to be carrying baggage. I’m so glad we don’t have to.

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  2. momboteri

     /  October 6, 2014

    Hi Mark. I read this devotional yesterday. My son’s girlfriend read it to me. She had found it on Facebook. Great lesson. What was even greater was the encouragement to my heart. Through it God reminded me that He is watching over the life of my son, bringing Him back into the fold little by little. Do you do other devotionals? … I mean like daily devos? I would love to tap into them. Thank you. You wrote this, didn’t you?


    • “Mom”,
      Thank you for checking out my site and this devotional in specific. I have an area on my site for Devotionals but, unfortunately, I don’t get to contribute to it daily. I’ve been looking for a place to find a reliable daily devotional that is good enough to count on on a regular basis. This one, “Shrek the Sheep”, that you read, I did write. When I heard the story about the sheep, I had to draw application to it from the Christian Life. I’m not sure if you have yet or not, but if you look under the Bible Studies area, I have some other things there that are inspirational if not even designed to teach a Christian some of the basics of the Christian Life. Some were written by me but I have also allowed some others to contribute to my blog as well whom I have known for some time that I have no question about their doctrinal stances and whether they might say something incorrectly or not.

      I challenge you to dig around on my site and check out some other articles. Let me know what you think…

      Thanks for participating on my blog site.

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  3. storymomma

     /  September 2, 2013

    Well said!!!
    David and I shared this with our little family.
    Great analogy!!


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