Friday, December 4, 2009

Let us not be the same

Surely we all can remember hearing the stories of Jesus when he encountered the Jewish leadership of his time. They were brash, stubborn, self-righteous and deceitful. Well back in the old Testament God spoke to Ezekiel about these very same shepherds of Israel:

"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, 'Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; 'Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened. neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them."
                                 Ezekiel 34:2-6 KJV-

Corruption, lack of leadership, vanity, self-righteousness, greed and a whole host of other adjectives could be used to describe the shepherds of these verses. They are exactly the opposite of what we as saved Christians need to be.

We must seek after the scattered, the lost, the broken, the sick. We must as God's shepherds of the truth on earth seek after his own who are far from the truth. That is our job. Let us not be the same as those of the old testament book of Ezekiel. We have to step out of our cozy little worlds into the fray where the enemy walks around waiting to attack us when we try to turn the hearts of the wicked to God. But that again friends is our job.

Lets commit to reaching the lost for the Lord, lets turn this world on fire for God and not stop until we breathe our last. Who's with me?

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