The next thought expressed is one that aligns with the Great Commission. Jesus says, “I have sent them into the world.”
Although not of the world, they were in the world and had a task to complete.
When “church” is confined to the building, shepherds stop short of understanding the significance of this role. When the sheep assemble together, it is time to encourage, strengthen, build up, and prepare them to be sent into the world.
Shepherds, always remember that the time spent with sheep to equip them to be sent into the world makes the difference in how the sheep survive and return from the battles ahead.