Shepherding according to God
Posted by A Crazy Lover of Jesus
Hello Fellow Crazy Lovers of Jesus! 😀
I hope that in my long absence from this blog, you have all been endeavoring to enjoy Christ more as your portion!
This week in our morning devotional, we covered the subject of shepherding people by cherishing and nourishing them according to the pattern of the Lord Jesus and of the apostle Paul. There is so much to say about this, but here are three top take-aways:
- The origin of shepherding is the Lord Himself as the unique Shepherd. In John 10:11, the Lord is the good Shepherd who lays down His soul-life for the sheep. In Luke 15:4-7, the Lord is the Shepherd who leaves the 99 to seek the one lost sheep. It is the Lord who loves fallen, sinful man, and it is the Lord who is seeking man.
- The Lord shepherds according to love and not based upon our condition. In John 21, the Lord drew His back-slidden disciples back to Himself not by rebuking and condemning them, but by cherishing and nourishing them so that their love for Him would be restored. On the one hand, He cherished them by first feeding them breakfast. He then nourished Peter by restoring Peter’s love with the three-fold question of “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”
- The Lord desires us to participate in His shepherding today. In John 21, the Lord, as He was re-establishing Peter’s love, charged Peter to take care of His sheep. This word affected Peter so much that he wrote about it in his first epistle when speaking with the elders. Although 1 Peter 5:2-4 speaks to the elders specifically, the burden is that all the believers would have a shepherding heart for one another and for all of mankind.
The Lord today is shepherding us with a view to gaining our love. As a result of our loving Him, we become one with Him in His desire to shepherd man, and we are empowered to reach man in every kind of circumstance. This reaching of man matches God’s own heart for man, which is a heart that does not judge or condemn, but loves man to the uttermost. The issue of this kind of shepherding is a group of believers who are enjoying the love of God in a subjective way and are one with Him to shepherd man according to God.
Until next time, enjoy this new Hymn that I learned. Grace be with you all! 🙂
1. Above the waste and emptiness
Broods the spirit of God
Bringing forth God’s speaking in us
Hey! Let there be light!
* And the light shines in the darkness
And the darkness did not overcome
In Him was life and the life was the light of men
2. Nights decreasing, day increasing
Every day His Word we’re speaking
Don’t be discouraged, spirit releasing!
We are the children of God
About A Crazy Lover of JesusI am a lover of Christ Jesus my Lord, and I desire to speak one with Him in every matter that is pleasing in His sight. May He gain the first place in my being in all matters and things for the sake of His corporate expression, the Body of Christ!
Posted on August 9, 2015, in Cherishing, Daily Enjoyments, Gospel Activities, Prophesying Meeting, Shepherding, The Christ in Others Expressed and tagged Berkeley, Christ, Christians, Crazy Lover, fellowship, God, gospel preaching, Hymns, Jesus, Justin Starks, Morning Revival, Peter, Prophesying, Quiet Time, Shepherding, UC Berkeley campus. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.