A shepherd is someone who takes care of and protects sheep. Biblically, a shepherd is compared to and referred to as a pastor. Believers are known as sheep. David said, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1), implying that he was a sheep in the eyes of the Lord. The Apostle Peter wrote the following to pastors: “Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.” (1 Peter 5:2) This indicates that pastors are also shepherds who are responsible for taking care of believers (sheep). We are to do this, not expecting compensation or doing it out of compulsion or obligation. Pastoring people should be done from the heart.
Something exciting happened the night Jesus came into the world; the angels announced His birth to shepherds who were watching their flocks. “That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified.” (Luke 2:8-9)
The angels did not appear to the High Priest, nor the Pharisees and Sadducees who represented the religious authorities. They appeared to shepherds who watched their sheep. As I said earlier, pastors are shepherds, and a pastor’s prime responsibility is to take care of and protect the sheep in his charge. Notice the angel only appeared to the shepherds who watched. Divine revelation comes to those pastors who are about the business of watching their sheep.
My dear sons and daughters, be faithful to the sheep God has placed in your care. Never neglect to pray for them and to cover them with the blood of Jesus. Do not compare yourself to or try to measure up to some pastor who has a megachurch, or who is popular in the preaching circuit. Please do not allow your personal struggles to hinder you from praying for the flock of God in your charge. Like Apostle Paul, pray for them even when you are experiencing extreme difficulties. “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” (Colossians 1:3)
If you are faithful in your charge, God will reveal His kingdom purpose to you!
One final observation, these shepherds came together with other shepherds to watch their sheep together. It’s time to connect with other pastors!
Your Spiritual Father
Bishop Jemmott’s NEW book Still Standing is available NOW. Purchase Bishop Jemmott’s books and sermons here.