Care for the flock
It’s with joy that I write to you, as I am inspired to contact you as we see the Day approaching.
Also, it is with serious concern that I am writing this to you.
I want you to know that the grace of God on your life is treasured and appreciated. You carry a mandate from God through Christ that must be delivered, and by God you shall.
“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.” 1 Peter 5:2 (New Living Translation)
Please be mindful of your protégées. Be mindful of your staff. Be mindful of the labourers around you.
Remember the disciples of Jesus when they rebuked parents for bringing children to Jesus.
“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.’” Luke 18:15-16 (New Living Translation)
Jesus rebuked them and called the children to Himself. Many are being turned away from coming closer to you. Letting people that Jesus died for to get closer to you will NOT steal your anointing, neither will it decrease your grace. Let us remember the flock is assigned to the Shepherd FIRST before other labourers. Please be mindful of this truth.
Watch what is done by your leaders and “close associates” in your ministry. Be careful of those who have pitched tents and refuse to build altars. Be careful of those who have the mentality of “you must take your turn”. Jealous and bitter like Joab who killed Abner.
Do not be afraid to “shake the basket” to see if snakes are swallowing the eggs gradually or strangling the life out of the little ewes.
Be careful of those who are using their influence as your associates negatively and letting others know how important they are around you, to defraud the Sheep you made a vow of ordination to protect.
Please do not be too busy, that you are seen as an uncaring Shepherd over the flock of Christ in your care.
- Are you unreachable or inaccessible? Even as travelling Pastors, when we are home our people (sheep/flock) should know we are home (just like a parent) – if not ask why it’s not so?
- What report do you hear from your leaders concerning the people you were ordained to serve? What do you do about it? Do you investigate the report or do you ignore it. Never accept any allegation against the flock (as well as against an elder), that is redeemed by Christ on the surface level without proper and effective investigation. It could be that the same leader who files the allegation is the culprit – which is possible!
Be careful of the report you receive against your fellow minister from your protégées or associates. They are your fellow ministers. Be quick to hear and slow to speak or react. There are too many divisions in the Body of Christ. The same carrier of news will leave you but by then they’ve harmed your relationship with your fellow ministers and your congregation. Let’s turn the tables around against the power of darkness infiltrating our lives as leaders and our churches.
I believe God for your breakthroughs.
God bless you.
Your fellow labourer.
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