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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1Pe 5:2-4)
This was one the morning devotionals I gave to our Christin School Teachers at the annual Teacher Training Week this year. As I considered it, I thought it would be worth sharing for all teachers as they head into the new year. It is very applicable to our Sunday School teachers.
Although this passage is specifically directed to the Pastor of the church, it applies to all those that find themselves charged as an under-shepherd.
This is simply a “bare bones” outline. Let the Holy Spirit put the meat on the bones for you as you meditate upon it and the passage above.
“Tending Our Sheep”
I. Focus on your mission (vs2)
A. Feed your flock
1. Feed their mind
2. Feed their spirit
3. Feed their heart
4. Feed their soul
B. Oversee your flock – Oversight has its roots in words that mean:
1. Be aware
Know their heart, spirit, attitudes, etc.
2. Take aim
See the need – take aim!
II. Filter Your Motives (vs2-3)
A. Filter out the negative motives
1. Filter out the motive of “constraint” – meaning ‘being forced’
2. Filter out the motive of “covetousness” – for filthy lucre
B. Leave in the positive motives
1. Leave in the motive of “willingness”
2. Leave in the motive of “readiness” – meaning being “forward in spirit”
III. Frame Your Manner – Be an Example to the flock (vs3)
As a frame amplifies the picture or painting, so should our conduct provide a focus or example. As the teacher wants the student to behave, so should they model the same as an example.
A. Prepared before-hand
B. Proper attitude and behavior – in control
C. Punctual – in attendance and assignments (Keeping your promises and schedule)
D. Persistent in effort
E. Pious in behaviour
IV. Favor the Master – Chief Shepherd (vs4)
A. Represent Him
B. Rely upon Him
C. Receive reward from Him
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