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Friday, August 14, 2020

Bible Passage:1 Peter 5:2

shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

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Christ is the chief Shepherd and has many shepherds under Him, as also many herds of sheep which He has committed to His shepherds here and there.  What are these shepherds to do?  They are to feed the flock of Christ.  In addition they are to guard the flock, lest the wolves come and tear the sheep.  Now St. Peter says, particularly, the flock of God, this is as though he would say: Do not imagine that the flock is yours, you are only servants.  The bishops are Christ's servants, and their business is to guard Christ's sheep, and feed them.  Therefore to shepherd them is nothing else but to preach the gospel, whereby souls are nourished, made fat and fruitful since the sheep thrive upon the Gospel and the Word of God.  This is alone the office of bishop.  The flock of God among you, he says; that is, which is with you, not that they are to lie at your feet.  And exercise oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily; not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.  There he has expressed in a single sentence what the prophet Ezekiel writes, chapter 34, about shepherds or bishops.  And this is the meaning: You are not only to feed them, but also pay attention and be faithfully careful where it is called for and there is need.  He says, not to do it as though under compulsion, but with eagerness.  It is true, that no one should force himself uncalled into the ministry; but if he is called and required to do it, he should approach the task willingly, and discharge what his office demands.  For those who do it under compulsion, and who have no desire and love for it, will not perform it properly.

Help them to preach the truth of God,
Redemption through the Savior's blood;
Nor let the Spirit cease
On all the Church His gifts to shower;
To them a messenger of power,
To us of life and peace.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

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