This week scratched the surface on our growth towards shepherding and I hope it gave you some things to meditate on and pray about.
We are all a work in progress. Growing up to being qualified to shepherd God’s flock is a lifetime investment and walk with Jesus. What a blessing to have that opportunity. To know Jesus and have Him as our example and to examine ourselves against His standard.
In 2012, South Macomb Church of Christ has a theme titled “Let This Mind Be In You” (Philippians 2:5). The theme examined different mindsets to include Knowing Christ, Humble Service, Purpose, Like-mindedness, Citizenship, Contentment & Rejoicing, and Influence. The bottom line in all of this was having a mind for loving and saving souls.
Take what we have talked about this week, what you have thought about and consider Jesus talking about Himself in the context of shepherding:
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10: 7-16)
Shepherds recognize that sheep are easily scattered when there are not shepherds to watch out for them. We should have a heart for the souls of others that we do not want to do anything that would cause the sheep to be scattered. Therefore, our actions will have concern to not harm the faith of the sheep.
To move your life toward being a shepherd means you are going to be a leader and make decisions for the good of the flock. You can and will have to do this now…no matter age.
Shepherding is not a passive work but a difficult work.
But your love for the flock and desire for the flock to not be scattered and injured will lead you to want to do this important work even though it is difficult. Shepherding is not a title. It is a work and a very important work. The work you do today is important and taking time to reflect on your life and on your actions through the lens of Jesus bears fruit today and will bear fruit in the future. Abide in Jesus and your life will come to reflect Him and you will be found qualified when called for service and shepherding of the flock.
If you are interested in hearing sermons from the 2012 Let This Mind Be In You, please visit this site: https://www.southmacombchurchofchrist.org/sermons/online-lessons?title=&y=2012&se=13&sv=0&sp=0