When we think of shepherds, we typically imagine the guys who tend sheep. But Scripture gives the title of shepherds to many. Kings, prophets, national influencers, as well as leaders in the church were all called shepherds.
My guess is everyone is shepherding, leading, or influencing someone in some way.
2600 years ago, after many of Judah’s residents were taken as exiles to Babylon, the prophet Ezekiel had stern chastisement for the shepherds of Israel. Instead of taking care of the people, helping the weak, sick, and injured, and searching for the lost, they were only taking care of themselves. Without a true shepherd, the people became scattered and vulnerable. (Ezekiel 34)
At that point, God Himself stepped in and promised to rescue and look after Israel. He took on the task of seeking out the lost, bringing them to safety, binding up the injured, strengthening the weak, and tending to the needs of His people.
As believers, we are to be like Christ, serving and helping others. Let’s take time to watch for who God puts in our path today. Who needs a helping hand, a meal or cool drink, a word of encouragement or listening ear? Is there family, friend, or acquaintance who needs our expertise with a project or needs someone to support them through a difficult time? Is God reminding us to send a text or card to the lonely or disillusioned?
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Our life’s purpose is not to simply live for ourselves. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).