The Minister as Shepherd: Who’s Flock?

When Jesus handed over to Simon Peter the charge of the Christian church, he was careful to use the possessive pronoun ” my.” ” Feed my lambs ! Tend my sheep ! Feed my sheep ! ” It is the might- iest pronoun in the New Testament for the saving of the minister from lordliness. ” Simon, son of Jonas, feed my lambs. They are not yours, they are mine, but I wish you to look after them for a little while. Tend my sheep. They are not yours. I do not give them to you. They belong to me. Mine they always shall remain, but I ask you to tend them for a season for me. Feed my sheep. They are not yours. Not one of them shall ever pass from my possession, but I am going away for a few days, and I leave them with you. Guard them, feed them, guide them, be good to them for my sake. Follow me. Remember my gentleness, my watchfulness, my considerateness, my patience, my compassion, my readiness to help, my swiftness to heal, my gladness to sacrifice. Be the kind of shepherd to my lambs and my sheep that I have been to you. Follow me ! ”

 

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