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LEADERS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF JESUS

LEADERS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF JESUS

YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN Jesus said “Feed my sheep”(John 21:15-17).

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Mt. Airy, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Mt. Airy, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Our Church leaders are Chosen Leaders, handpicked by God and called to suit up and go into the mission field on their assigned task to shepherd and guide, and then placed in the unique position to make defining decisions and choices that can have a profound impact on a few or many. Our leaders in the church are called and expected to keep diligent watch over the flock. That is the pattern and design expected when one accepts their calling knowing it comes with incredible responsibility.

Placed in their care are people who bring many loads of heavy burdens, looking for a way to find peace and joy as they are about this earthly journey. People from all walks of life seeking hope, lost, weary and tired wanting rest, a release from those things that keeps them in bondage.

Our leaders are therefore placed in position to minister to those souls as directed by the Holy Spirit, knowing they hold very fragile children in their hands. They are now given the authority through Christ to shape and mold lives for the kingdom of God, to feed the flock.

Remember, Jesus and how he was crucified outside the city gates–where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God’s alter to cleanse his people.  His sacrifice is a reminder to our leaders as to their purpose and calling, who must walk in obedience, faith and be examples of godliness as he accepts the torch to carry out his mission as assigned. The mission of kingdom building is not one to be taken lightly or for granted because souls are at risk.

Our Leaders are to be visible and able to relate to the needs of their followers, meaning that in order to accomplish their assigned mission they should follow the pattern of Jesus. Scripture puts it this way; let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is–not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our Share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name  (Hebrews 13:13-15, MGS).

We as seekers of peace and righteousness are to be responsive to pastoral leaders, listen to their counsel because they should be alert to the condition of our lives and work under the strict supervision of God. We are to contribute to the joy of their leadership, not drudgery; we are to pray for them that they be diligent in their assigned mission.

Our Leaders are accountable to God and its plain in Gods’ Word the responsibility expected of them.  God says,” My sheep were scattered because they were without a shepherd and they became prey when they were scattered; I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock”. (Ezekiel: 34).

After Jesus had risen from the dead and before his ascension as he gave final instructions to his disciples: Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these”, three times.  When he responded “Yes”, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”(John 21:15-17). This is a reminder to our Leaders, don’t take your calling or position lightly. YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED, CHOSEN.

 

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  1. What a wonderful and much-needed message in the church today! In so many areas of the body of Christ, leaders have become figureheads who wear titles but never “get their hands dirty” doing the actual work of feeding and leading the sheep of God’s hand. Thank you, Shirley, for this powerful reminder of what Christian leadership — church leadership — is supposed to be.

    I absolutely love this inspiring church in the photo. It instantly reminded me of a little white frame church (also surrounded by trees) where I used to go and pray almost every day. My husband and I lived way out in the country, and although we attended a church regularly that was about 20 miles away, it was hard to spend time there between services. I was seeking God for personal renewal and growth in Him, and wanted to get away from the house and the work responsibilities there ( I worked from my home), so I sought a quiet place to be alone with God.

    This little white church was just one mile from my house, and we knew several people who attended there. We also knew that there was no one there except on Sunday morning and Thursday evenings. I asked if I might have permission to go down to the church once in a while to pray. They were so excited to know someone wanted to spend time praying in their church that they made me a key of my own and told me to go anytime I wanted. So for about a year, I went almost every day and spent special hours with the Lord.

    I can’t begin to put into words the experiences I had with the Lord in that little church. It was over 100 years old, and I can honestly say that as I knelt at that altar and walked those wooden-floored aisles in prayer, I truly felt the prayers of generations before me who had sought and found God within those quiet walls. God met me there and led me into an amazing new level in Him.

    We moved from the area the following year, but I will always cherish that experience and that little church. I have been back to visit twice since I moved, just to touch bases one more time. And every time I think about it, tears of joy and thanksgiving spring to my eyes, (as they are doing now) just remembering what I experienced there and how it has affected the rest of my life — even 14 years later.

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      hanging out with God, sounds inspiring in itself, thank you for your comments and expressions of thought. We find that today life is constantly pushing each of us in all directions and that leaves very little time for anything else. Two things are constant and that is Gods grace and love. When we set aside time to communicate with him he opens our thought process in such a way many do not understand. Our leaders today are in a position to bring about change but they too must set aside time to fellowship in that “little white church” as you have described. When we are able to grasp the entire meaning of silence and allow the Holy Spirit to move, things begin to happen as you have stated. It is my prayer that those memories you cherish will always be a part of who you are and that as you allow God to work he will move you to an even higher level in his kingdom building. God bless you.
      Shirley Rhodes

  2. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

    Thank you for the link my friend.

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