KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11 “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,pastors and teachers;”
The pastor is a shepherd He is a shepherd of the flock of God.
Our Lord Jesus is the chief shepherd. We would just do well to learn from him. In Matt 9:36, the Lord said”But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them,because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd”.This is the heart of a Pastor. He was moved with the need they had. He was not considering what they would give to Him.
The Lord Jesus said the following about the good shepherd in John 10:11″I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”.This virtue is the great line separating good shepherds from ordinary shepherds and hirelings. The Lord said the good Shepherd lays his life down for his sheep. The word is sacrifice. Sacrifice means willingly giving out something dear, expensive or costly.
The Lord also talked about the hireling, the man who is working for his pay or what he would earn. The Lord said in John 10:12 “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep”. This man or pastor is separated from the sheep. He is not ready to lose anything for the sheep. What concerns him is that which would satisfy him.There are so many such pastors these days.
The Lord taught in John 17:19,that he sanctifies Himself that the sheep may be sanctified. This is the principle of like gives birth to like or teaching by setting the right example.Most children take after their father or parents. Pastor, don’t live secretly in sin and think you can produce holy children. It does not work that way.
The Lord also taught that when the blind leads the blind they all get lost. The pastor must search the scriptures to feed himself first and then feed the flock of God as well.
Heavenly father, I pray for all pastors.Give them the heart of the good shepherd. Bring great transformations to the body of Christ, through the effective roles of all pastors.
John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine”.
Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone:they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”