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. 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. For those not connected and attending a local church with an anointed shepherd, you are a much easier target for satan.
Jeremiah 3:15 also states that God gave shepherds to feed you with knowledge and understanding. This knowledge and understanding is crucial for every believer living in these last days to be protected from the deception of our enemy. If you do have a shepherd but you are not consistent in going to church you are missing out on the knowledge and understanding God has for you. In Hosea 4:6 God said His people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Jesus anointed your shepherd to help you.