When the farmer kills the shepherd (Part II)
You see, we as people of God must reverse our negative words (repent for our wrong attitudes of the heart and mind that skew our actions and perceptions that kills the shepherd of the field. You may ask, who is this shepherd? The leadership of the Holy Spirit, our perfect, born-again spirit who always desires to give God the best. However, when we reject the conviction of the Spirit that we have fallen short, we open the door to sin, express our evil intentions toward God by killing off the shepherd (cf. Ps. 34:2). The only thing that can keep us from opening the door to sin is to yield to God's Spirit (Gal. 5:16; Matt. 26:41).
Now, who is the farmer? It is us, the sower (2 Cor. 9:10). We have been given seeds to sow in the field of life. And although the Lord is the Shepherd of our souls, we decide how he shepherds by how much we yield to His Spirit when faced with temptation, sin at the door. The prodigal's brother didn't physically kill his returning brother but his attitude sought an occasion to kill the spirit of celebration and joy because he saw where he came up short. And instead of admitting he had the wrong mindset about the kingdom and God's love for him, he withdrew himself. He restricted himself from receiving the fullness of God's blessings (Luke 15:11-32; 2 Chron. 7:14; Is. 58:.6-8; Jn. 20:23). How are you responding to God when he blesses others or requires a sacrifice?