Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1Peter 5:2-4
A good shepherd cares for God’s sheep, prays for them, teaches them, equips them and empowers them to be all that God has destined them to be. A good shepherd also faithfully feeds God’s flock with God’s Truth. Apostle Paul was focused on pointing believers to the Word of God which builds us and points us to our inheritance as saints, Acts 20:32. Be sure that what you teach other believers is the Truth and you also practice what you preach. As you teach God’s Word you must be very patient. 2Timothy 4:2 says, ‘preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.’ You will require patience and long suffering to disciple people effectively. Apostle Paul showed us a good example by not coveting after the wealth of believers. Instead, he was content, hard working and focused on how he could even give unto them, Acts 20:33-35. Good shepherds gain joy from seeing their sheep doing well. Be diligent in watching over those that you are leading. Prov.27:23 says, ‘be thou diligent to know the state of thy flock, and look well to thy herds.’ With tears in his eyes, Apostle Paul warned believers of ungodly shepherds who he described as grievous wolves who will come to devour God’s flock. He warned that they will be willing to say anything that will result in enticing more disciples unto themselves, Acts 20:29-31. Always remember that Christ, the Chief Shepherd, will return someday and that you will give account to Him and receive your crown of glory from Him. Your real reward as a shepherd will come from God the One who gave you your leadership responsibility.
Prayer Focus: Ask God to make you an example indeed to those you are leading and receive grace to be watchful over them.
Grace for Dominion…