“David said to God, ‘Is it not I who commanded to count the people? Indeed, I am the one who has sinned and done very wickedly, but these sheep, what have they done? O Lord my God, please let Your hand be against me and my father’s household, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.’” (1 Chronicles 2:17)
When David was king of Israel his pride got the best of him and brought about a plague on the land. As a result, many people were affected. It’s interesting to note here how David prayed to God, which revealed his view of himself and the people. “It is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these sheep, what have they done?” Wait a second, David was the king and these were his people, right? Correct, but David viewed himself as a shepherd–not a king–and the people as his sheep–not his peasants. This mindset is what made him such a great king among the people.
David was familiar with sheep because he grew up as a shepherd boy. He fully understood how stubborn and needy sheep could be, and he realized how vital his role was to nurture and protect them as the shepherd. So when he became king, this new role didn’t change who he was trained to be – a faithful shepherd of his father’s sheep (just now, it was his heavenly Father’s sheep).
The question is, if you own a business how do you view your employees? Or if you work at a company how do you view those under your authority? How do you view yourself in light of this role? Understanding this will determine how you treat them.
If you see yourself only as a boss you will be bossy. If you see yourself only as an owner you will be possessive. If you see yourself only as manager or supervisor you will not concern yourself with their personal lives but only their job performance.
However, if you see them as sheep and you as their shepherd for a certain time in their lives, then you will pray for and nurture them along the way, caring for every aspect of their lives.
How you see determines how you will think and how you will act. So let’s pray that God allows us to see those we lead the way He views them–as sheep under our watchful care.