Your way was in the sea,
Your path in the great waters,
And Your footsteps were not known.
You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77.19, 20
The work of shepherds
Jesus our Good Shepherd leads us as His sheep (Jn. 10.3-5). It’s safe to assume that He expects all those called to be shepherds like Him to lead their flocks as well.
But where? It will do no good for shepherds to put themselves forward as leaders if they don’t know what the green meadows and still waters look like for their flock, or which are the best ways of getting them there.
Shepherds need a clear and compelling vision, both for what it means to grow as a disciple of the Lord Jesus and for what constitutes a healthy, growing church. Beyond that, we need a vision of the Kingdom of God and how we expect it to come on earth as it is in heaven. Lacking such vision, we’ll just be leading the flock of the Lord ‘round and ‘round the same mountain, exerting ourselves in many ways, but getting nowhere.
We can’t make disciples if we don’t know what made disciples look like. We can’t equip the saints for the work of ministry if we’re not clear about ministry. Our church won’t grow it we don’t know what makes for a healthy, growing church. And the Kingdom of God needs visionary leaders who don’t balk at little things like the Red Sea, but go forward in faith, following the Word of the Lord to realize all His precious and very great promises.
God wants you to lead the flock He has entrusted to you. Are you going where He’s leading?
Resources for Shepherds
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From the Celtic Revival
“...for it is no new thing that the kingdom of heaven should be the object of strife and contention. And do not hope that it is men alone who persecute you; there are devils in those who envy your possessions; against them take up that armour of God to which the apostle points, and make a path to heaven, hurling these arrows, as it were, of earnest prayer.”
- Columbanus, Letter to His Disciples, Irish, 7th century
T. M. Moore
Understanding the Times
The work of shepherding requires that we have a good sense of the world around us – the world into which the Lord’s sheep go each day, and which we must equip them to enter as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Our book, Understanding the Times, provides an overview of what we’re up against in this secular age and how we should prepare to advance the Lord’s reign in it. Order your free copy by clicking here.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 Walker, p. 27.