KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 20:28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Apostle Paul gave the brethren of Ephesus two instructions in our key scripture. They are
(1) Take heed to yourself
(2) Take heed to the flock of God.
We considered the first part in our previous study. In today’s study, we would consider the second aspect of his instruction. This is to take heed to the flock of God which He purchased with his blood.
The very first point is to note that the flock is the Lord’s not yours. You are a steward of God’s flock and must work with that understanding. This implies, you would be rewarded if you diligently and sacrificially serve them. God will also hold you to book if you fail to serve them diligently and sacrificially.
The first act or step to take heed to concerning the flock of God is to intercede for the flock. Intercession is standing in the gap for God to intervene. Paul testified of Epaphras in Colossians 4:12 as follows, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salute you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God”. Epaphras laboured fervently for the brethren in Ephesus that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Dear brother, sister or pastor, prayer is work. He laboured or toiled fervently in prayer always for them. The devil will have a fields day if the brethren are not covered with prayer. Lazy men cannot be effective pastors.
The next thing to do for the flock of God is to teach and preach the word of God to the brethren or flock of God. In 2nd Timothy 4:2, Apostle Paul gave the following charge to pastor Timothy ” preach the word, be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. Timothy must preach and teach at any available time. You must reprove, that is, correct them and also rebuke or to straighten them up.
Thirdly, you have to exhort or comfort them. All these would help them to keep going on in the Christian race.
As a Shepherd of the flock of God, you would have to visit them periodically to know how they are doing. The Shepherd must also train the flock to get involved in evangelistic work and also learn all the disciplines of Christian faith which includes fasting, prayer, giving, tithing, fellowshipping, Bible studies and any other discipline that would help them to grow into spiritual adulthood.
It is a great thing to serve the flock of God. It is a greater thing if you do it sacrificially.
I am servant of the flock of God, in love and humility I offer my life sacrificially to serve God’s own sheep. My ultimate goal in all these is to get every sheep to heaven.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men”.
1 Peter 5:2 ” Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”