Day 234 –
Are you shepherding your flock well?
Ezekiel 34:2-5 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.”
Each of us has a flock we are responsible for.
We may not all be pastors, teachers, or parents, but God has still placed people around us that we are to lead to Him. These are people who look to us for guidance. Maybe there’s a group at church, work, the gym, school, on social media, or maybe even your favorite hangout.
Somewhere, someone, is looking to see what you do, how you react, what you say, and how you treat others.
Your “people” are your sheep, and they are learning from you, repeating your every word, and taking mental notes for later use. Your sheep will follow you to great lengths to be fed by you because they trust you and believe you will protect them and provide shelter for them.
So think about it, what are you feeding them?
How are you caring for them? Are you loving your sheep well?
I haven’t always been a good shepherd to my flock and sometimes I still foul up royally, but I try. I can be overly selfish with my time and quick to speak with harsh words, but I ask for forgiveness when I mess up and lean on God’s grace to move forward.
My desire is to love my flock as Christ loves me, lead my flock as Christ leads me, and live as Christ lives in me.
So, never give up trying to be a good shepherd, even when you’ve made mistakes. When you lead your flock astray, you can always turn and lead them back to peaceful waters. When you yourself get mixed up and confused at how to be a good shepherd just look to your greatest example, the Good Shepherd, your Lord and your Father in Heaven, and He will guide you Home.