Isaiah 53:6, NIV:  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

It seems a mild and almost generous comparison to consider us like sheep gone astray. Looking around these days, it would seem more likely that we are running amuck. A sheep that goes astray may not even be aware he has wandered off. Oblivious, or distracted, the sheep becomes separated from the Shepherd. But what do you call a sheep that seems to willfully run away from the Shepherd, only to expect the Shepherd to rescue him when things go awry? The grace of the Good Shepherd is something that should never be taken lightly. He lovingly draws the lost sheep into the fold. But the heart of a sheep that seems to desire to be everywhere else but with Him--perhaps that sheep is only deceiving himself, and will one day discover he was never part of the fold to begin with. How terrible it would be to hear the Good Shepherd say to you, “Depart from me…for I never knew you.”