Lead, Search, Love 03/16/2009

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Over the last several months I have gotten hooked on the Book of Ezekiel. One of my favorite passages is found in Ezekiel 34.

In this passage, God is upset because the leaders of Israel have failed to be good leaders. He is using the analogy of a shepherd, and basically God paints the picture of a bunch of lazy shepherds who are so consumed with taking care of themselves that that they fail to care for the ones who have been entrusted to them. 

“So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” - Ezekial 34:5-6

1.) When leaders fail to be leaders, no matter what the reason is, the people find themselves drifting spiritually.
2.) When people find themselves drifting spiritually, they become easy prey for the enemy.
3.) When we notice that our people have wandered away and fallen prey to the enemy will we go and rescue them?

Will you Lead? Will search? Will you love?

Who are the people in your life that you have failed to lead? Who is wandering? Who do you need to go searching for this week? 

I don’t know about you, but I want to spend more time taking my cues from the Good Shepherd, and less time falling into the trappings of the shepherds in Ezekial. Love you guys.
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