He leads me beside the still waters… Psalm 23.2
The work of shepherds
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, declared emphatically that He leads His sheep and they follow Him (Jn. 10.3-5). This matter of leading God’s sheep begs two questions.
Let’s look at the first question in this installment. The Lord’s sheep will follow the shepherd He has appointed to lead them. Alas, for too many congregations, that means little more than aimless wandering around the status quo, with little sense of direction, movement, or growth. How many churches have really grown to realize more of the Lord’s vision for them, as outlined in His Word? And how many believers are experiencing more of Jesus, filling and overflowing from them?
If believers and churches aren’t being led into more of the righteousness, peace, joy, and witness of the Lord it’s because their shepherds aren’t leading them there. God keeps shouting at us from His Word, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain!” (Deut. 1.6). He keeps wanting us to grow, increase, expand, move on, and claim more of His precious and very great promises.
But if our shepherds don’t know what God has promised for His sheep, as individuals and flocks, marching around Mt. Status Quo is about all we’ll ever do.
Pastor, how confident are you that you know where you should be leading your church?
Resources for Shepherds
The chief work of a shepherd is to spend and be spent for the souls of those entrusted to your care. Our current ReVision series, “Strong Souls”, can help you focus with more clarity and effectiveness on achieving this aim. We’ll be studying the components of the soul, how they function together, and what we can do to help others grow stronger in their souls. Read the opening installment in Part 1 by clicking here.
From the Celtic Revival
“Is it not impossible for any polished accomplishment or exercise to be attained without discipline? Or can discipline be acquired without bitterness? Therefore, since these things are so, let us make ready our mind, not for joy, not for security, as the Sage says, but for temptations and trials, for griefs and toils.”
- Columbanus, Sermon IV, Irish, 7th century
“However, you have seen for yourselves how much I have paid to the administrators of justice in all the districts I was in the habit of visiting regularly. I reckon to have distributed to them no less than the price of fifteen men, so that you could continue to enjoy me, and I you, in God. I have no regret, nor have I done with it; I still spend, and will spend more.”
- Patrick, Confession, Irish, 5th century
T. M. Moore
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