12-31-06

“For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces” (Zec 11:16 NKJV).

Sometimes we learn the most from the bad examples in front of us.  The prophecy of Zechariah will one day be fulfilled by an individual known as the antichrist, but he also is a great example of what NOT to do in ministry.  Beloved, I believe that God wants to make us all into shepherds.  God has a ministry for each of us.  He has a flock that needs tending.  Learn the lessons of a good shepherd.

Ministry ought to be about caring for those who are cut off.  People are cut off from God because of their sin.  We often are cut off from each other because of things like unforgiveness.  A good shepherd cares about bringing restoration. A good shepherd seeks the young.  He cares for the little lambs.  He cares for those who are “new” to the faith.  Often it’s the “broken” ones that give us so much grief. But a good shepherd recognizes the brokenness and seeks to bring healing.  A good shepherd doesn’t ignore those that are healthy and standing, he feeds them.  When a shepherd butchers a sheep, the “fat” was the best part.  But the good shepherd doesn’t live to kill the sheep and take everything for himself.  In fact the good shepherd is the one that lays down his life for the sheep.

Do you know who your “flock” is?  Have you learned to shepherd your flock?