Here is a blog of what I have learned and God has stirred in me the last couple of days. This can relate to EVERYONE! Family, friends, at work, Growth Groups, Ministry, and etc. We as Christians have responsibilities to whom we “Shepherd”. What does it mean to be a good shepherd? What defines and makes a shepherd good? How do you lead and what do you lead by? A father is a shepherd in the home, a boss can be a shepherd over his employees, a coach to his players, and etc. To trust a leadership and follow the leadership can be a challenge of some. God has wired us men to be leaders, not followers. So often times it is hard for a man to follow a male figured leadership, but we are to obey respectfully to that leadership. I want to focus more on how we ALL can one way be a shepherd. Being a shepherd means being a devoted example and leader who love the flock and would sacrifice for the flock unconditionally. A mom while the dad is at work has to tend to the children is an example of a shepherd. A mom has a responsibility to raising those children up in Christ.
Leaders in work, home, church ministries, and even to our friends as examples of Christ, The GOOD shepherd.
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
Jesus models for us what a shepherd should be. Are you leading your home in a loving and sacrificial way? Are you leading by your actions in a loving and sacrificial way? We need to be in control of ourselves for there are eyes watching our every move, decisions, and sayings. Are we leading a life that is pleasing to God? Is that leadership (shepherding) reflective of Christ shepherding and leading you? Fathers, SHEPHERD your homes that build up your kids to whats pleasing to Christ and so that they know how to shepherd and lead. Its hard in our culture seeing the lack of passion to love people more, and sacrificing more for others. we live in a selfish and personal world (loving self/all about me) , in which we need to live in a selfless and sharing world (loving others/all about them). A shepherd needs to tend to the flock and do anything and everything for them. That is the example of Christ. That is how we need to be. Being a leader comes with great responsibilities, but a great leader takes on those responsibilities.