[Paul, to the Ephesian elders at Miletus:] “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”
Paul reminds the Ephesian elders of three heavenly truths about leaders:
- Leaders are to watch, feed, protect and care for (or shepherd) the people of God.
- The Holy Spirit is involved in putting leaders into their leadership role.
- Those who lead must always realize that those they lead (called “the flock” and “the church of God” in today’s verse) never belong to them but to God, who purchased them at such a high cost.
These truths give leaders a powerful and sobering reminder of their call as leaders and give followers a reminder to follow. For each of us, these truths give us a reminder of just how precious the church is to God!
Almighty God, please be at work in our churches today through the Holy Spirit’s calling those you want and we desperately need in leadership roles in your church. I ask forgiveness, dear Father, for not valuing your church more highly, and I pledge to cherish it as you do. In Jesus’ name, I offer these petitions and this commitment. Amen.
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