Lead, Search, Love

Posted by Dave Clayton on

This week as I have been studying for my sermon in Acts 20 , I have found myself spending a lot of time in the Book of Ezekial. I know that sounds random, but Paul refers to Ezekial several times during his farewell speech in Acts 20. Anyways, one of the passages in Ezekial has really challenged me. I shared it with a group of you yesterday morning, but thought it would be good to share it here as well.

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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