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No Finer Diner

November 16

"Feed the flock of GOD which is among you, taking the oversight thereof ..."  1 Peter 5:2

"Someone has suggested that everything rises and falls on leadership ..."


Feeding is as basic as it gets.  Thus it takes a person so special for the job, that GOD HIMSELF has to do the hiring.  "And HE gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints ..."  To the sheep, JESUS would repeatedly warn of the purveyors of poison, come of themselves to taint the food supply.  "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the HOLY GHOST hath made you overseers, to feed the church of GOD, which HE hath purchased with HIS own blood."  To the shepherd, JESUS exhorts: be mindful in all of your service, of WHO'S Diner you are employed. "of GOD ..." is operative to this entire doctrine.

"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."  With the important and urgent nature of Godly leadership clear and understood from the Scripture, it is still however, at the mercy of humble and teachable 'follership' in the gauge of its effect.  The sheep of HIS pasture are a precious trust, but messy in most of their deeds; and attempting to feed the spoiled spiritual brats of HIS DIVINE Day Care, can be a formidable and frustrating task.  There is no greater joy though, than to watch one of HIS sheep descend from the high chair, and take the spoon to feed themselves for the first time.       

Someone has suggested that everything rises and falls on leadership; and though this is not spelled out verbatim, it certainly should be included in the Amplified.  Regardless of whether you feed, or are fed, Peter warns of three main leavens to look out for, which hobble the shepherd, and starve the sheep: 

  • Laziness: "not by constraint, but willingly"  The irresponsible and shiftless shepherd lets the sheep fend for themselves.  Ours is an era of spiritual junk food; and the spiritual shape we are in bears this out.  We feeders can blame the feedees all we want, but the tape reveals us handing out the chips and soda.  

  • Lucre: "not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;"  The second great hindrance to consistent feeding and a healthy diet for the flock is the unwillingness to work for tips and wages.  At the time of our interview and subsequent hiring, we piously agreed to work on HIS terms, but now we find ourselves comparing ourselves with the sanctified Smith's and Jones' (cf. Matthew 20:1-16). 

  • Lordliness: "Neither as being lords over GOD'S heritage, but being ensamples to the flock."  Thirdly, there is something to be said for the distinction between leading and driving.  The former will be followed, the latter is best likened to herding chickens.  Much of the anemia among the flock today, is due to the shepherds prolonged absence, while touring on their ego trips.

Lastly in addressing this, Peter reminds all of us who hold some shepherding role that the ONE WHO hired us is coming to inspect the profitability of HIS business.  That alone should move us back out among the tables to do our best for HIM. 

"And when the CHIEF SHEPHERD shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

For Love of Country
Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
(in part)
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's GOD entitles them ..."

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