After writing yesterday about the responsibility that is taken seriously by shepherds in care for their sheep, I was thinking about God’s design for Church leaders. The first responsibility we have is to follow the model of leadership we have in Christ. When Paul wrote the Philippian church, he gave them a very clear directive; “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), the humble, servant mind.
That was the same mindset that Paul presented to the elders from Ephesus when he met with them in Miletus. “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28). Notice the order of importance that “careful attention” must take.
Do not forget the order of these obligations. They make a difference in their approach to responsibilities and the results in those they serve.
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