SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 23:4 (TM) - larger reading Jeremiah 23:1-8
I'll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won't live in fear or panic anymore.
Last October the Prince and Princess of Wales allowed TV cameras into their home to film them as a normal couple with their two children.
During the interview Prince Charles described his job in these terms: "It, more than anything else, is a way of life. It's more than a job. It's a complete, 24-hour-a-day business, really."
Shepherd-leaders – that’s what is needed more than anything today… in the church and in the world. A shepherd-leader doesn’t count the cost, doesn’t hedge their beats, doesn’t worry about their own personal future or reputation, and doesn’t look after their own welfare. Shepherd-leaders put it all on the line. It is a self-sacrificial role. It is tough. It is costly. It isn’t a job. It is doesn’t come with a job description. It doesn’t have a cut-off date. Shepherd- leaders do not retire. It is so needed.
The question is always this: Is God calling me to be a shepherd-leader? Be careful how this question is answered because we just might find ourselves in the role of a shepherd-leader!
John Maxwell shares his thoughts on leadership: Leadership in any organization - whether in the local church or in some other Christian activity - is never just a job. It is always a way of life, demanding from those who would be leaders a 24-hour-a-day commitment. The leader, in a sense, must always be on the job, deciding, directing and developing the work that has been entrusted to him while at the same time encouraging those in the work. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
God has promised to set up shepherd-leaders for His followers. If God has placed us in a position of shepherd-leadership than who are we to say – NO? It might be tough, but just look around and it will soon become obvious why God chooses who he chooses to be shepherd-leaders. Shepherd-leadership isn’t about being popular it is about being faithful.
And good shepherd-leaders dispels the darkness and relieves the fear of living. A shepherd-leader brings hope and possibility to every situation and we sure need hope today!
God, if you are calling me to be shepherd-leadership I sure hope you know what you are doing. This is scary stuff. If shepherd-leadership is what it is going to be, so be it, but I cannot do it on my own. Breathe on me, Breath of god, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what thou does love, And do what thou wouldst do.