But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Simple question for every believer to think about. If Jesus anointed certain believers to be shepherds over a local flock, why would He do so? For all who are born again please ask yourself this question if you are someone who does not have a church that you actually go to with a pastor that Jesus anointed to be there. Why would He give such gifts to men if in fact He did not want you to attend church and be connected to a shepherd.
If Jesus knew that you did not need a church body and a shepherd to pastor you then there was no need for Him to place such a calling on their life. It breaks my heart to see so many believers who rarely and some almost never go and connect with a pastor and that church body. Watching online services and not attending is not the same for those who are physically capable of doing so. You don’t realize how much you are missing out on.
Jesus was moved with compassion for those who did not have a shepherd. He said they were weary and scattered. Weary means lacking courage. Scattered means without the protection of a shepherd. These are just two of the many benefits you receive from a shepherd. Jeremiah 3:15 even states that God gave shepherds to feed you with knowledge and understanding. If you don’t actually attend a church and have a shepherd you should prayerfully consider doing so. God was thinking of you when he gifted shepherds.