The Shepherd

The Shepherd 

The Shepherd


Numerous times in the scriptures, the word shepherd is used figuratively to denote a watcher or overseer of a soul or souls.

The word is a contraction of a watcher of a sheep or flock.

Shepherds are known as pastors.

(Jer 3:15)  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

Pastors or shepherds are one of the five types of ministers that Jesus placed in the church as a gift to perfect the saints.

(Eph 4:11)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

(Eph 4:12)  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Shepherding is the act of taking care of flock of sheep. This includes feeding them, leading them to where there is food, showing them where to rest, and keeping them safe from harm or wild beasts.

When the soul winner brings souls to the body of Christ, or the church, there must be a shepherd who can shepherd the soul to perfection in the Lord's things.

When a new born Christian comes to the church and no one shepherds him, he will be like a lamb without a parent or a guider and will perish quickly when a wild beast or wicked person finds it (the person will backslide).

 

 

The Qualities And Duties Of The Shepherd

 

1. Feeds The Sheep

The shepherd must have the ability to feed the sheep. There is no good shepherd who cannot feed the sheep or the flock.

(Jer 3:15)  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

In order for the sheep to develop into mature Christians who are complete in their knowledge of the living God, the shepherd or pastor must feed the flock with knowledge of God and insight.

Therefore, consider what would happen if a shepherd refused to feed his flock: either the sheep or the soul would not advance in the knowledge of the Lord.

What would an undernourished child encounter?

(Hos 4:6)  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

 

This is what happens when the shepherd refuses to feed the flock. They will all go astray; they may find food for themselves that they believe is good but are unaware is contaminated; as a result, they will follow everything that appears to be good in their eyes but may destroy them because they have not come to the true knowledge of God. Even those who are eager to learn will spiritually die before their time if they are not well fed and gather for themselves food that is good in their eyes but poisoned. Waves of doctrines will take their heart away, and the world will take them captive as well because they are not well rooted in the word of God.

 

 

2. Shepherd Must Guide The Sheep

 

Psalms 78:52-54

[52]But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

[53]And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

[54]And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

 

There may be predators such as spiritual wolves, dogs etc that can devour a sheep or lamb that's without a guider, so when you are not with them, Satan and his people will chase them till they take hold of them. 

It's the responsibility of the Shepherd to guide the sheep, leading the whole church or a soul is a spiritual shepherding, so you guide the person in reading the scriptures and praying for the person as well.

If you refuse to guide or direct them, they will go astray and do something else which goes contrary to the word of God.

You must be able to explain issues or dreams to them when they occur and lead them to walk and learn more about the truth. This will free them from false notions, fear, stumbling, or backsliding. You must continually counsel them and pray for them, just as a physical shepherd observes the conduct of their flock to ascertain the circumstances the flock is experiencing.

3. Correcting, Rebuking, Reproving And Encouraging The Sheep

 

2 Timothy 3:16

[16]All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

You must tend to the sheep as a farmer tends to a small plant to become a bigger one that will bear fruit through trimming, watering, weeding, providing good warmth, etc. before the sheep you are caring will become ideal.

You must never stop tending to the souls you are caring for.

You must correct people when they behave incorrectly, and you have the authority to reprimand people when they are departing from the Lord. This will help you win them back to the Lord.

Every shepherd is having a rod and a staff and that staff is the word of God God has putten in your mouth as authority to guide your sheep.

When you refuse to speak unto them in order to correct them when they are wrong, they will forever continue in their sinful act.

 

When they deserve a reprove, give it them and it will all help them get matured than always pampering them as a bad teacher or a shepherd.

 

Sometimes it may feel so bad to them and even you yourself when you are rebuking them because you really love them and respect them but if you give that chance they will become what you didn't intend to raise.

 

Proverbs 27:5

[5]Open rebuke is better than secret love.

 

They may be offended but continue to do it in love and you shall always get them back.

Many churches have become desolate and also place for the enemy because the shepherds refuses to do these things. They fear if they speak the truth boldly to their sheep they will not attend to church services.

When this happens they will misbehave all the time and go astray because you have not made them known what God eschew and what the devil entertains.

 

Hebrews 12:6-9

[6]For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

[7]If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

[8]But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

[9]Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

 

 

When they do good encourage, when they are broken inside encourage them and let them put their faith in Christ the more. Sometimes they need to be encouraged, you don't always have to rebuke them, you don't always have to reprove when they had done no wrong but encourage them to live a life that pleases the Lord.

 

Psalms 23:4

[4]Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

 

 

4. A Shephed Search And Brings Back The Wandering or Erred Sheep.

 

 

Luke 15:4-5

[4]What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

[5]And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 

A good shepherd does not leave or rejects the sheep that is missen or that has lost the faith.

There are some sheep because they are not well groomed or because of many present life situations they become unstable, so due to doubt and instability they go to different places and you as a shepherd you don't have to leave that lost sheep or flock.

 

Ezekiel 34:4

[4]The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

 

Some of them because of money, pleasures of the world, and many sins make them backslide but you are not suppose to leave them on the wilderness else Satan will totally destroy them and make them wast.

 

 

1 Timothy 6:10

[10]For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

James 5:19-20

[19]Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

[20]Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

 

5. Visit Your Sheep

As a good shepherd, you must also visit your sheep to do how they are doing. Being a shepherd doesn't mean your members or spiritual children should be always coming to your house.

You just also visit them to know where their house is, how well they are doing and every present situation they are in.

Assuming you visited them in their house and you realized the house collapsed, now you have to ask yourself where they are going to sleep, what they are going to eat etc.

You must care about all of this, now they are like family members unto you, so every situation they pass through you must also be concern and help them solve it both spiritually and physically.

 

6. Pray and Fast For The Church Or The Sheep

Prayers and fasting are very powerful tools that helps to make your tending of the flock or the church easier.

If you refuse to pray, the enemy will come to them and steal their heart away.

 

John 10:10-11

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

 

 You don't only have to preach or teach them but also pray with them, pray with them and teach them how to pray and fast as well.

As a good shepherd, it doesn't matter spending all the night interceding for the flock and the church for the Almighty God to make hedge over them.

 

Luke 22:31-32

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 

 

7. Pray For The Sick 

You must be able to care and pray for the sick. It is the responsibility of the Shepherd to do so.

 

Ezekiel 34:4

[4]The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

 

 

It doesn't matter whether you an elder of the Church or holding any position or not in the church, when you are shepherding a soul, you can pray for the soul and the Lord will heal the soul through faith.  

When the sheep is sick what does the shepherd do?

 

James 5:14-15

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

8. Living Examplary Life

A good shepherd must live a life that pleases God thence a life that will serve as a pathway for his followers (sheep).

 

Assuming you are passing through a garter, they will all follow you in the garter and they will become filthy.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 

As Paul said unto the church, those who desire certain offices like the bishop and deacon must be a good example unto the church.

In marriage you must be an example unto the sheep and the church, you must be an example in speech and also faith unto them that no one will reproach you.

 

1 Timothy 3:1-13

[1]This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

[2]A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

[3]Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

[4]One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

[5](For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

[6]Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

[7]Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

[8]Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

[9]Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

[10]And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

[11]Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

[12]Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

[13]For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

9. A Good Shepherd Must Be Able To Teach And Preach Well

 

 

 2 Timothy 2:15

[15]Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

You must be skilled at fairly dividing the truth.

You don't have to tell people what you want; just know it and explain it to them. Before explaining it to the public, you must have a revelation or understanding of the meaning behind the words so that they can comprehend the word of God. The serious issue arises if you are unable to preach or educate while revealing the rhema, or the meaning behind the words, of God.

10. A Good Shepherd Must Study Continuously

 

2 Timothy 2:15

[15]Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Learn more so that you can preach and teach your people better.


Seeking knowledge and understanding does not make you feel ashamed, but if you go before the people and do not present it well, you may feel embarrassed.

You may be listening to intellectuals as well, so if you give different definitions to words that are in the dictionary but not as you mean, people may laugh at you. Study thoroughly before presenting it to them.

Your spiritual understanding and knowledge must be far greater than those of your audience.

Study the Bible, meditate on it, and grow in the spirit; let God's word, which is the sword of the Spirit, always be sharper and more impactful.

 

 

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