WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Caring For Your Shepherd
PASSAGE: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
HYMN: MHB 621 – JESUS the good Shepherd is
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Timothy 5:17 “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”
Sheep and goats were very valuable in Bible time, so also were shepherds, because the safety of the animals depended on him day and night. A good shepherd must be ready to risk his life for the safety of his sheep. Jesus was likened to a good shepherd. Hence, men and women of God are commonly referred to as “shepherds.”
Priests, Pastors, Evangelists and others in God’s Vineyard are supposed to act like shepherds, who care for the sheep (members of the congregation). When a sheep is lost (Luke 15:3-7) he goes all out to look for it until it is found. A fine description of the shepherd’s job is given in Psalm 23.
The shepherd is a risk solver, an energetic and dependable worker who is ready to defend his sheep at all cost. King David faced such risks as a true shepherd. He later became shepherd of his people as king. Shepherds do spend on and are spent for the sheep. So much sacrifices they make beyond preaching and teaching!
The shepherd’s can take the form of gifts or voluntary service from individual or organised groups. There is nothing wrong if you take up the payment of your local church’s assessment to the Circuit to make sure that your local church minister is paid at the end of the month. Even simple gifts like hankies, tie, coflink, beautiful flowers, stockings, GSM recharge card, etc could be good appreciation.
The Bible clearly teaches the right of shepherds and spiritual leaders to receive care from the members. Paul said that “Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them” (Gal 6:6 NLT). When last did you and your family visit your pastor with gift? Remember that caring for your pastor is a route to irreversible blessings in life. Don’t be ignorant as some, who see this as a means of making pastors rich.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen our ministers in their ministries and as they share the truth of the Scripture daily, may they receive encouragement by the little we are giving back to them in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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