Words from the Heart for Friday November 15th, 2019
So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
Acts 20:28 (NLT)
The Ceremonial Guard was established by the Canadian Army on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces to plan, prepare and execute Public Duties in the Nation’s Capital during the summer. The first Guard Mount took place on Parliament Hill on July 2, 1959. It was carried out by the Regiment of Canadian Guards, a Regular Force regiment of the Canadian Army. Today, the Ceremonial Guard is a composite CAF unit of over 400 members that includes a Headquarters Company, two Public Duties companies and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard.
Being a pastor or elder is a weighty responsibility. Those who fill these roles are called to a high standard of life and the oversight of God’s people. Paul had spent two years and three months in Ephesus on his final missionary journey, and had built a very close relationship with the believers there. As he was leaving, he speaks to the elders of the church in Ephesus and gives them these instructions: “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.” The first responsibility a leader in the church has, according to Paul, is to guard their own lives. They must spend time in God’s word, ensuring that their lives and their teaching lines up with God’s word and God’s standards. Then they are called to care for God’s people. They are to do so by feeding them from God’s Word and shepherding them, taking care of their various needs and ensuring the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Himself, is pleased. After all, He ultimately is the shepherd of their souls, and ours. How are you doing with this, elder and pastor?
These have been words from the heart.