Sheep are not capable of self-direction, they need a shepherd to guide them. Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd and us as sheep. God wants His begotten children to be vulnerable, not self-led but growing in knowledge. Those whom God calls as shepherds and teachers are told to feed the sheep and be examples. We were not intended to be self-directed, we need the direction and growth that doesn't come from being alone.
John Elliott pastors United Church of God congregations in southern British Columbia, Canada and in Burlington, Washington. He serves on the Council of Elders and assists with the Church's operations in East Africa.