Paul uses the metaphor of shepherd and sheep in his final charge to the elders of the Ephesian church, much as Jesus did in His final charge to Peter. Paul stresses the importance of the elders keeping watch over themselves—their own hearts, heads, hands, and habits—along with keeping watch over the wellbeing of others. We, too, will only be able to serve God and shepherd others to the extent that we keep watch over ourselves. Personal soul-keeping is the first and most important sphere of influence in our leadership. The world desperately needs people who lead like Jesus, authentically shepherding God’s people. Where do you need to keep watch over yourself as a leader?
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. – Acts 20:28
Prayer: Lord, show me how to better keep watch over myself so that I can shepherd others well. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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