“Sometimes the sheep do not like it when their shepherd rebukes or warns them, but this ministry is for their own good.
A faithful shepherd not only protects his flock, but he also leads them from pasture to pasture so that they might be adequately fed. The shepherd always went before the flock and searched out the land so that there would be nothing there to harm his flock. He would check for snakes, pits, poisonous plants, and dangerous animals. How important it is for pastors to lead their people into the green pastures of the Word of God so that they might feed themselves and grow.”
Sheep in real life and people of God, in the flock of the church, sometimes act very much alike. Some seek to go off on their own and find trouble and end up in trials because of their poor choices. I have experienced that over the years. Sometimes the sheep of a church responds quite well to the rebuke of the shepherd and other times they do not. But the shepherd is to try and seek to help where he can. Everyone needs personal attention, not just in times of troubles but for all kinds of reasons.
Some of the writers of the New Testament call for the sheep who have gone astray to be disciplined by the body. At times that is important but in this day we see little of that happening. It is an act of mercy and helps one put in perspective the act of disobedience but at times it is not received well. Sheep and Christians are stubborn and don’t want help and at times it seems and is in reality only God who can help the believer.
We know from the understanding of the job of shepherd that his work is never done. They stay out in the fields with their sheep regardless of their personal need. Being a shepherd is a commitment that takes all there is in a pastor/shepherd as well. God has told us that He is our strength and help in time of difficulty and trouble. He is our steadfast rock and anchor. What comes to the pastor/shepherd comes through the Lord and He is there to touch our hearts with His grace and mercy. It is a task that never ends and that demands the supernatural power of God if it is to be done correctly.
The shepherd needs to remember that the sheep are not the pastor’s, they are God’s. It is not “my” church but it has been purchased by the precious blood of His Son