"The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them." - Ezekiel 34:4–6
Job descriptions are really important. They aren't written just to give management reasons to fire someone. These simple paragraphs of defined expectations provide clear guidance for a productive business. In most cases they express the desire and heart of the owner for future success. Doing the job right has lasting value.
The spiritual care for God's people is not a business endeavor. It's something of far greater importance and the shepherds of Israel failed in their calling. It involved far more investment of life than they were willing to give. The job description demanded compassion, sacrifice, and total involvement in the lives of God's flock. The spiritual health of the Chief Shepherd's sheep has always been his heart's desire. Doing the job right has eternal value.
Whether it's a pastor, elder, deacon, Bible teacher or a spiritual leader of any kind... the job is singularly focused on the spiritual welfare of God's flock. If you have been called of the Lord and have accepted such a roll, your job is important. It's not an easy task, but it's one that shares the heart of the Chief Shepherd. Give it all your compassion and sacrifice...and love them like Jesus. Doing the right job has eternal value.