A Shepherd’s task is to feed and lead the sheep. Shepherds are to guide and guard the sheep assigned to their care. They protect those in their fold and pursue the sheep that strays or wanders. Sheep can misbehave, need direction, and be unfocused. This reminds us of the life of some Christians. Many Christians are not focused on their priorities to follow Christ, are living undisciplined lives, and dealing with unpleasant hurtful experiences that have sidetracked their work in the body of Christ. God gives Shepherds to literal sheep and Shepherds for people who are His sheep.
The Bible presents an interesting parallel between Shepherds of sheep and Shepherds of people. They are called to nurture, care for and serve the sheep. Critique comes quickly for these leaders and compliments received come slowly. Too many people complain about the work of the Shepherd and few celebrate the work of these leaders.
There are four tasks a good Shepherd should execute:
Let us celebrate the Shepherds who have blessed us as they model the word of the Lord, mentor us in the work of the Lord and who magnify the worth of the Lord.