Friday, 25 December 2020
“While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled” – John 17:12 NIV
When I got married one of the reasons I did not rush to have kids was because I knew the responsibility of being a parent. As a parent, you are entrusted with people that you have to lead, teach, and guide into adulthood. This means, how I bring them up will influence their personalities and character. That is very deep, something to never ever take lightly. That, unfortunately, is the burden of leadership. As a parent, you just hope everything you do does not scar them for life but makes them responsible adults.
In Christianity when people are placed under your leadership (eg. discipleship) you are given the responsibility to grow them in the LORD. The burden has slightly been reduced because you are just required to bring them closer to their maker. You don’t have to spend sleepless nights worrying about whether you are feeding them the truth, you must just give them what you yourself have received from your leader, Jesus. In the above scripture, Christ makes it clear that He did not use His own wisdom to lead the disciples. He gave them what His father gave Him (freely give as you have freely received, Matthew 10:8b), that is His Word. Because He gave them the Word and introduced them to the Father, He didn’t lose any of them. Sometimes we lose people GOD has entrusted unto us because we tried to give them what is ours and not necessarily what is GOD’s.
2 Corinthians 11:4 Apostle Paul was reminding the church what he had taught them and stressing how they shouldn’t deviate from it. As a shepherd, he knew that he had given them what he, himself received from Christ. He had done his duty as an overseer and what they do after that, his hands are clean. The people we lead ought to imitate us because we also are imitating our LORD. We are shepherds that also are following a shepherd. We were led so that we can lead. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” [1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV].
The people we lead ought to imitate us because we also are imitating our LORD. We are shepherds that also are following a shepherd