I will save My flock, and they will no longer be prey for you. I will judge between one sheep and another. I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. – Ezekiel 34:22-23
There is an important ecclesiastical principle rooted in God’s Word that unfortunately many of us connected with the local church (pastors, leaders, denominational workers, and members) seem to forget. It speaks to authority, responsibility, and accountability, but affects (or should affect) each person or group’s approach to their particular role in God’s service. Here is the principle.
Jesus is the Shepherd of God’s flock.
Does it matter? Well …
Lest a pastor think that the flock is his … be reminded, it belongs to Jesus.
Lest the flock think that their actions go unnoticed … be reminded, they belong to Jesus.
Lest a denominational worker or para-church agency begin to think they can circumvent, redirect, or somehow manipulate the flock … be reminded, Jesus is still the Shepherd.
And … lest anyone believe for one second that they can come against, undermine, eradicate, pester, diminish, punish, infiltrate, or in any way bring eternal harm to God’s flock … be reminded, Jesus protects, tends, and saves that which belongs to Him.
The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for His sheep, and they must not question or doubt, but trustingly follow Him. – H. W. Smith