“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care” (1 Peter 5:2).
“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep,” and mysheep know me. . . . I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be oneflock and one shepherd” (John 10:14-16, my emphasis).
Jesus is the head shepherd of the group. Yet God designed his church as a partnership with human beings. You are called to represent him, carry out his plans, fulfill his commission, and perform the ministry he gives you to do. He is the king; you are his ambassador. He is the owner of the group; you are his steward. He is the chief shepherd; you are his “subordinate shepherd.”
Jesus’ Role as the Chief Shepherd
Your Role as a Subordinate Shepherd
· Knows his sheep and makes it possible for the sheep to know him
· Lays down his life for the sheep
· Calls the sheep by name
· Seeks after the lost sheep and draws them to himself
· Provides eternal life and abundant life
· Follow the Chief Shepherd
· Model following the Chief Shepherd
· Help the sheep under your care to hear and respond to the Chief Shepherd’s voice
· Guide the sheep under your care to follow the Good Shepherd and reach out to sheep without a shepherd
· Encourage the sheep to live the abundant life
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).