August 12, 2019
Prayer: Oh Lord, You have given us a big job to do here and we need Your big help today. Thank You for shepherding us and leading us even as we, by Your grace, shepherd our students.
Scripture: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
I Peter 5:2-3 NIV
A new school year, new bulletin boards, new supplies, new room arrangements, and a new flock. That’s right, a new flock of students to shepherd. Think about some of the references in the Bible about shepherding: Jer. 3:15, “Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” A shepherd keeps watch over their flock, keeping them safe, taking care of their needs, guiding them.
Read the parable of the Lost Sheep in Matthew 18:10-14. Verse 14 says, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” Keep watch for wandering and “lost sheep.” You may need to go find them and bring them back to the fold. Jesus was the great Shepherd (John 10:14).
What actions can we follow from His example? How will you watch over each other making sure that you stay together and that no one feels unimportant, left out or vulnerable to the “wolves?”
Copyright Kathy Branzell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org