SATURDAY July 21, 2018
Shepherd God’s Flock
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
1 Peter 5:2-4
Pastor Chuck Smith spoke to us about some evangelists who were running the Christian race, but they ran fast like rabbits. They did not really study because they had their own ready-made sermons they could preach. Yet, someone who teaches the Word of God steadily, line upon line, for 30, 40 even 50 years, is like a turtle. The rabbit wears out immediately, but the turtle, even though it is slow, has great endurance.
Understand, evangelism is great but it is not going to last like teaching, educating and bringing the people to maturity––this is the key. That is why I love teaching, on Sunday morning, Wednesday nights and Sunday nights. God has called me to be a shepherd, and to take care of His people. The congregation needs attending; they need to see their pastor’s presence, so they can be ministered to, as they receive the Word of God.
Men who are called and anointed to be pastors––shepherds over God’s people––need to be among the people. The duty of the pastor–teacher is to feed and tend the flock. He watches over them and tends to their needs, spiritually speaking. The pastor–teacher, is to study the Word of God, and wait on the Lord. Then he will have something to share with the people. As they are nourished, they will begin to develop and grow spiritually. This is the heart God gives to those called to leadership.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with
His arm, and carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those
who are with young.
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