Take this quick quiz to find out if you are a sheep or goat as a Jesus follower. Then read on to see what it means about your spiritual life.
For each question below keep track of the number of yes answers.
1. When I have to make a decision, I usually pray before making a decision. Yes or No
2. I stick by decisions I feel God has called me to even if other people disapprove. Yes or No
3. I forgive easily. Yes or No
4. I go out of my way to help the less fortunate with money or service. Yes or No
5. I often go to church. Yes or No
6. I visit with other Christians regularly beyond just seeing them at church. Yes or No
7. I easily can hear God’s voice. Yes or No
8. I don’t worry about my getting my needs met. Yes or No
9. I am generally content with my life. Yes or No
10. I am expecting good things to happen because God loves me. Yes or No
10 yes answers: Yay, you are a pure sheep!! Baah to you!
5-9 yes answers: You are a hybrid, but mostly a sheep.
1-4 yes answers: You are a hybrid, but mostly a goat.
0 yes answers: Look out, you are all goat!!!
Let me know your score in the comment below!!!!
Why does it Matter if You are a Sheep or a Goat?
We want to be a sheep in God’s book. He often describes Himself as the Good Shepherd and us His children as His sheep. These verses in Matthew also describes a key difference that will happen to metaphorical sheep and goats at the end of time.
Matthew 25:31-46 The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Characteristics of Sheep:
-They are defenseless without their shepherd.
-Sheep are dependent on their shepherd.
-The animals are safer in their flock.
– They like to be led.
-Sheep follow the voice of their shepherd.
-Sheep trust their shepherd to lead them to food, water, and safety.
-They are not destructive the way goats are.
As sheep, Christian believers are to have a gentle and yielded spirit. We are to trust our Shepherd. We follow His voice.
Characteristics of Goats:
-Goats have a reputation for being strong, independent, opinionated and curious.
-They can be destructive, butting cars, or people.
-These animals can push, take, destroy and bully.
-A goat doesn’t follow anyone. A herd of goats goes where it wants, and the goatherd follows behind.
-Goats don’t graze. Goats roam and forage for what they prefer.
-Goats can be picky eaters and will not eat hay that has been walked on or around too long.
If God sees a Christian believer acting as a goat, it means we are not submitted to nor dependent on God. We are going our own way.
This quick little quiz reminds us of the differences between goats and sheep. God calls us to be His sheep. He doesn’t want goats in the Kingdom. Examine yourself carefully to see where you land on the spectrum of goat behavior.
Let Me Know
If you took the quiz, let me know your number in the comments below. Are you a pure sheep or a total goat? Have you seen actual goats and sheep in real life? I and my hubby are going to Scotland God willing this week, and I hope to see these little animals up close and personal. I also want to speak to some farmers to learn even more about what God was talking about in the scriptures about sheep and goats. If you know more about these animals that can give me more insight into the biblical metaphor please let me know!
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