“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.” – Acts 20:28
“Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes – both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people – God’s people they are – to guard and protect them. God Himself thought they were worth dying for.” – (The Message)
Our charge, each one of us who calls Him King, is to be on guard, not only for ourselves, but for our communities. He already paid the ultimate price for our protection, so we ought to be brave in His strength, knowing that His plan is that none would perish.
How exactly am I to be an overseer of both myself and my community?
First, I must be in tune with our Beloved so that I am ever aware, and able to discern the difference between deceit and His direction.
Next, He has granted us both the gift and the grace to present our petitions to Him through prayer. We are called to be people of prayer. We are equipped and covered to clearly convey Christ, when we are intentional to listen to His leading. If we are faithful to speak truth in love, our Heavenly Father will fan the flames in every heart that hears.
Any good that is done through us, is only possible because of the perfect sacrifice our Savior presented on our behalf. We are covered by His blood and called clean; leaving us equipped and empowered to listen to His leading.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not call us to do anything that You are not also willing and able to equip us to accomplish. Forgive us for our doubts, and help us to never forget that to You, each of us were worth dying for. May we be ever-listening and always at the ready to do as You ask to protect and preserve our hearts and the hearts of those around us. Lead us in love Lord, so that not one of us who comes to call You King, should perish. Amen.