Has the Holy Spirit given you the ministry gift of Shepherd? It is to feed and protect the people under your authority.
IN THE BIBLE
Ephesians 4:11-13. He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, SHEPHERDS and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
The Greek word is ποιμένας (“poimenas”). It means a shepherd, a feeder, a protector, one whom the Lord raises up to care for his flock.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
It is often said that the first responsibility for a pastor (shepherd) is to love your people. Without a deep love for your people, you will be ineffective at best, and more likely, a source of disunity and harm.
St. John the Evangelist attested to this. He said:
3 John 4. I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.
Do not confuse the Gift of Shepherd with the ecclesial office of cleric-in-charge. Just because a cleric is in charge does not mean he or she has this gift.
Any believer can be gifted as a pastor. Pastoring the sheep means tending for the people under your watch. A head usher, for example, pastors the ushers under his leadership. A hospital visitor, for example, pastors the sick people on the list.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you love the people under your spiritual leadership? Do you try to feed them and protect them?
If so, you may well have this gift!
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