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Jesus Our Example
The following exhortation from Paul is found
in Ephesians 4: 1-4.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord beseech you to walk worthy
of the calling with which you are called with lowliness and meekness,
with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavouring
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one
body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your
I find this soul-searching exhortation comes before he explained
the purpose of the ascension ministry gifts.
Some believe meekness in a Leader is a sign of weakness. If we only
knew how sorely mistaken that is.
What is meekness then? It is strength under discipline. It’s
the key to great faith.
He urges us to walk worthy of our vocation regardless of what it
may be; but it applies particularly to those among us that He has
given the task of feeding and caring for
False religion is goal driven.
It is completely addicted to the ‘work’.
Christ is primarily interested in the ‘wayfarers’ for
whom He died.
There is no greater vocation than to be a servant of Christ
The servants’ prayer is “what wilt thou have me to do”.
It’s not what I can do for Him.
It’s what He has done for you and me and what He expects of
To whom much is given much is required.
JESUS WHO IS THE WAY DEMONSTRATES
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour
was come, and that he should depart this world unto the Father, and
having loved his own which were in the world he loved them unto the
Now He sets about to ‘demonstrate’ His lesson
to His disciples rather than ‘teach it’ via a parable
What Jesus was about to do was not in order to establish
And supper being ended, the devil having put into the heart
of Judas Iscariot Simon's son to betray him;
Jesus knowing that the Father
had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God,
and went to God.
He rises from supper laid aside His garments took a towel
and girded himself (no identity crisis
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples'
feet, and wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then comes to Simon Peter, and Peter said to him, Lord, dost
thou wash my feet?
Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest
not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
I trust something here rubs off on to us as we observe the manner
in which Jesus served us.
WE HAVE NOTHING WE DIDN’T RECEIVE.
Note: He gives as He chooses;
and what He gives us to trade with He can take back at anytime and
give to another if we fail to return a dividend on His investment.
The Holy Spirit gave Paul the Greek word Heteros
when he instructed on the manner in which the gifts of the Spirit
are divided among the members of His body in I
Let’s see what we can learn with regard to the way
Paul uses this word. Marriage as instituted by God is a
hetero-sexual relationship. It’s between two of a different
kind, a male and female for the purpose of procreation. The
homo-sexual has a propensity for a person
of the same (kind) sex for unnatural gratification.
Now let’s see how the word hetero is used with regard
to spiritual gifts.
1 Cor 12: 8- 15 for
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another hetero (of a different kind) the
word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
This word hetero clearly shows us that no one individual has all
the gifts. They are distributed severally as He wills to emphasise
the point that we are inter-dependant.
So much for Sola Pastor; or Evangelist: or Prophet or any title
one may wish to be called by.
1 Corinthians 12:9-15.
To another faith by the same Spirit;
to another gifts of healing by the same
To another the working of miracles;
to another prophecy; to another discerning
of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation
But all these are worked by the one and selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every man severally as He will.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members
of that one body, being many, are one so also
is Christ. Christ’s body is a many membered body of
which He is the Head.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one
body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the
body; is it therefore not of the body?
I went up by revelation and communicated unto them that gospel
which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were
of reputation lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
We ought to do likewise lest we embark on futile meddling in God’
Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; some,
prophets; some, evangelists; and some shepherds and teachers. Our
soul is larger and our needs greater than a sola
shepherd can provide despite all his programs. Superman is
a myth. You say he brings in other ministries, true but they are normally
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man,
prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them,
thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds
of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the
What do you think
shepherds ought to be doing? I think that’s a no-brainer.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm, and
carry them in His bosom, and gently
lead those who are with young.
THE OPTIMUM WORDS ARE: - FEED
– GATHER – CARRY – GENTLY – LEAD.
There’s a need for feeding shepherds. When sheep
fed they will follow the one True shepherd. Further dangers among
flocks are shepherds who fleece the sheep to fuel their dreams.
Like ravening wolves they scatter the sheep. Only Shepherds who
care carry and feed have the right to guide.
Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them
that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed
that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken,
neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither
have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty
have ye ruled them.
And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and
they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
The good and great shepherd laid down his life for His sheep.
My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every
high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the
earth, and none did search or seek after them.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold,
I judge between cattle and cattle, between the great Rams and (Heb)
Great goats; small cattle of lambs and kids; goats.
Seemed it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good
pasture, but must ye tread down the residue of your pastures? And
to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with
your feet? (Feeding them with cold shoulder and mouldy bread).
And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with
your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
THE DOCTRINE OF
ETERNAL JUDGMENT Heb 6:2
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I,
will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.
Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed
all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;
Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey;
and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them,
even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their
And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince
among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the
evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely
in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing;
and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall
be showers of blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth
shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land,
and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands
of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that
served themselves of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall
the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely,
and none shall make them afraid.
And I will raise up for them a plant of Renown,
and they shall no more be consumed with hunger
Heb. taken away, neither bear the shame of the heathen any
Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and
that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord
And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your
God, saith the Lord GOD.