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We The Shepherds

We The Shepherds - We The Sheep Series, Part V

We The Sheep Series, Part V

Are you a care-taker of God's flock? A shepherd is one who gathers, leads and tends a flock. So, no matter where you lead in the church, whether it's apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, elder or leader you are involved in shepherding God's people. Yes, dear small group leader, you are helping tend God's flock.

Now, don't tune me out here; I'm not talking about titles. We know God has given us our Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers with an office to fulfill and an anointing that we are responsible for as leaders. I'm simply saying that as leaders on every level we should all together take on the role of shepherding God's people.

If you've read any of our teachings, then you know we honor and esteem pastors and elders in the local church and continue to do so. So you'll find no tones or hidden codes to dishonor the authority chain of the local church. 1 Peter 5:1-4

The People Dream

About ten years ago, I kept having what I call the people dream. In the dream, I would look out my window and see people, pushed right up to my window and stretched as far as I could see. They were from all walks of life, dressed as carpenters, grounds men, professionals, blue collar workers, white collar professionals, doctors and more, still coming and arriving. During that season of recurring people dreams, God began to speak to us about feeding His sheep. To make a long story short, we heard the call of God and we're about our Father's business of tending God's sheep.

Think about this a minute, in the Kingdom of God as a Christian if you're leading your family they are your flock. You are a leader in your business; in your extended family they look to you on spiritual matters and you're the one they call when they need prayer. They are your flock.

For example, a lot of years ago we (Varn and I) were on our way to see some family members and I complained. I was feeling a little disgruntled with the fact that these family members rarely if ever came to see me in sickness or health. Immediately, Varn responded with, "The sheep don't come see about the shepherd." No, I didn't feel any better at the moment. But it brought understanding where I could forgive them and answer God's call to continue shepherding His people.

With all of that said, I offer three shepherding principles designed to encourage you as a leader at whatever level you serve.

Acknowledging The Spirit of the Gatherer. I encourage you in the fact, as a shepherd, you have the spirit of a gatherer from our heavenly Father. That people choose to come to your church or meeting at all is the spirit of the gatherer in action.  One of the defining terms for shepherd is one who gathers a flock. I know for some of you, it's like you've been experiencing a spirit of dwindling instead of gathering. Be encouraged; remember it's not by your might or your strength but it's by the Spirit of God. It's God who adds. We pray to the Lord of the harvest who sends laborers. May He send you laborers and add to your church daily as He sees fit.

Obeying The Care Command. The writer of John describes a conversation between Jesus and Peter where He restores him and commands him to feed His sheep. Although we know that Jesus restored Peter with this conversation, the command itself echoes through the generations, first to Peter and now to us. I call it the care command. We the shepherds are called to feed His lambs and His sheep. 

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, "Yes, Lord: You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time. "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep."

John 21:15-19

Growing The Fruit of The Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul writing to the Galatians believers instructed them, now us to “…Allow the Holy Spirit control of your lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in you: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)

The enemy of our soul many times won’t come to us commanding we do something wrong. Why? Because he knows we love God and won’t do it. But he’s a skilled opportunist seeking whom he may devour. He looks for the opportunity through pain, offense, hurt even fatigue to make us feel justified in harboring unforgiveness and being unkind to one another.

The truth is unrepented sins of the heart will block us from being led by God’s spirit. It will hinder us from flowing in God’s compassion for His sheep. So guard your heart and the fruit of God in your life and increase in His fruit.

While you are increasing the fruit of the Holy Spirit and growing in your shepherding role, know the same God that called you is the same God that will strengthen you by His Spirit. Remember, He calls you and has given you the spirit of the gatherer.  He is faithful to add to you as He sees fit.

If needed, God will heal you of hurts, pains and sins of the heart, washing you clean so that you can effectively flow in His nature and love while shepherding His flock. You'll discover God's compassion flowing through YOU for others will rise up and heal you and your flock.

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Earma Brown, Christian AuthorMost leaders need a strong team of support. Your leadership should have one too! Earma is Co-Founder of Armorbearers International who offers help with designing strong teams of support for local church leaders. For more of Earma's teachings, Sign up for The Prayer Fulfilled Life Book Club and get a copy of her latest book: Living the Prayer Fulfilled Life - Hearing God for you, your family and your world. Click here or visit the Shield Shop for more of Rev. Varn Brown and Minister Brown's ministry books and resources.

Comments (1)

Said this on 1-23-2013 At 08:10 pm
This was such a right-on-time message for me. Thank you Jesus the Christ!

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