Tending Your Flock

Sheep on pasture

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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No Greater Joy

 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3Jn 1:1-4)

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John is now an old man.  With age and maturity comes changes in our estimation of what is important and valuable. Here John describes what he says brings him no greater joy. This is an amazing and important statement for us to glean from to plan for our future years.

His greatest joy was not growing his 401K plan.  Nor was it a garage of chariots.  It WAS that his spiritual children walked in truth. Let’s consider what this passage teaches us about preparing and parenting today so that we can experience that “no greater joy” later.

Recognize this is the Statement of a Committed Parent

As parents we must remember our charge

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa 127:3)

We are stewards of our kids, not owners

As parents we are to receive the command 

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4)

As parents we must respond to the challenge

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6)

Understand it is the Statement of a Man with a Correct Paradigmfinding real truth

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)

Understand it is the Statement of a Parent with a Clear Prioritythat they walk in truth

Not to be sports star in Jr. high. Not get a chance to attend a prestigious, but heathen  college, but that they walk in truth.

Understand it is the Statement Regarding the Efforts for a Conscious Placementvs3 – in thee

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deu 6:7-9)

Understand it is the Statement Expressing a Continual Pleasurejoy

I have no greater joy

Understand it is the Statement of Children Experiencing a Crowning ProductProsperous soul (vs2)

 


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