The term means to stay in the same place. Shepherds herded their sheep into a certain field. Over time the sheep knew not to stray. Over time this learned behavior passed from ewe to lamb for succeeding generations.
Now then how does that apply to us? Are we the sort of sheep that rally round the Christ and stay where he asks us? Or are we the kind constantly searching out new ways to sin and disobey?
Do we pass on our learned boundaries to the next generation or let them wander where they like?
I know the kind we want to be, but when we aren’t obedient, we can trust God to fetch us back to the fold.
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.(Luke 15:4-7, MSG)