Friday, May 4, 2012

A Sheppard's Heart

Where's my faith at? Actually the better question is where is my heart at?  It's not a question of faith but a matter of the heart when it comes to how much faith I truly have. The fact is the harvest is ready, am I?  Am I really a threat to the Kingdom of darkness? Or am I an agent of freedom marching in the Kingdom of Light?

"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly [is] plentiful, but the laborers [are] few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."  Mathew 9:36-38

Compassion starts with prayer then moves into action.  Jesus was moved with compassion over the multitudes - scattered, lost, weary and with out a Shepard. Lost sheep are scared and wander aimlessly in search of life's answers.  They want to hear the Truth, but no one shares the Gospel.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

 Am I so busy being a Worker, a Laborer for the Kingdom of light that I have missed the boat?  Is my heart so messed up (still & again) to see the lost sheep?  My heart must be like the Shepard's heart.  Full of compassion and eager to offer the Living Water. It's my motives. The sheep need the Word. Do I serve with the right heart -- keeping the main thing the main thing: Jesus?  Do I have a Shepard's heart?

How to know if you have a "bad" Shepard's heart:
Taken from lecture notes by Ed Taylor at Calvary Chapel Boise Leadership Conference 4/27/12 

Based on Ezekiel 34

  1. Selfish - feed themselves
  2. Use People - take advantage
  3. Take the best - choose first
  4. Ignore needs - not compassionate
  5. Disregard pain - those who are sick
  6. Close eyes to the hurting - ignore
  7. Pay no attention - to those drawn away
  8. Refuse to help - lazy
  9. Harsh & angry - bitter with words
  10. Careless - sheep astray 

The reward for faithfulness is always more.

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