Evaluate Pastors’ Task - 1 Pet 5:2-3
August 10, 2023, 8:37 AM

“Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

The task of a Shepherd is fourfold as explained in Peter’s letter.

1) To feed the sheep.

Sheep need feeding. People need to be continually reminded what the Bible says and how to apply it in their lives. That is how people stay spiritually alive and growing. The food for the believer is God's word, not our opinions. There are many churches whose leaders will give you all the latest political information and what you should do for your community. Others may use therapeutic counseling, philosophical and/or psychological methods.

I asked one chaplain from a more liberal persuasion what the difference was between a psychological listener and a chaplain. His answer was a chaplain can use more God talk and can say a prayer and use God's name to help them feel better about it.

Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” He said, "I am the way the truth and the life no man comes unto the father but by me."

2) A Pastor is also to protect the flock.

The shepherd had to protect the sheep from thieves and robbers. Likewise, a pastor must protect God's people from those who want to spoil the flock. We have seen evidences of that with a number of T.V. ministers. You see on the news horrible reports of ministers that misuse their office by abusing parishioners and children. The media has a way of centering in on the unethical and immoral ministers and for everyone who is exposed, I can show you a thousand who devote their service whole hardily to the Lord and their people.

3) A Pastor is to love his people.

The faithful shepherd not only feeds and protects his flock, but loves them. He wants what is best for them because he cares for them. He makes sure they are healthy. He checks for snakes, pits, and poisonous plants. Some pastors today are interested only in crowds for what the crowds can do for him. Jesus took time for those who had needs. It is a godly pastor that cares.

4) A pastor is to lead them.

That is what an overseer is. One who is called and responsible for helping his flock find pasture, health, and strength by leading them to maturity in Christ. “Teaching them to obey all things whatsoever I have command you.” That is part of the great commission. Helping the flock to use their gifts together for the strengthening of the body of Christ for the glory of God.

Application: Even though these qualities are directed toward pastors, how would life be different, if this is how parents, teachers, leaders, and all employers fulfilled their tasks?

Prayer:  Lord, let me always point to Your Word when listening and helping others in need.