CAPSULES TO SWALLOW FOR THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO BE A SHEPHERD
Just as Christ offered his life and suffered for our sins, a good Shepherd too must be really to offer himself and suffer.
Longsuffering is also a fruit of the spirit you will meet in the office of a Shepherd.
Surety of call
His calling must be confirmed, affirmed by the divine as a Shepherd
You must be ready to be a servant and to serve. A Shepherd practices servant leadership to his sheeps
A good Shepherd must be ready to sacrifice a lot of things because of the nature of his job.
He will sacrifice time, energy and even his resources
Spiritual and Scriptural
A good Shepherd must be filled with the holy spirit and also be sound in the scriptures, feeding the sheeps with due word in season, discerning with the spirit, and oversight of all things
A good shepherd’s greatest goal is salvation of his sheeps and himself.
This is what he must pursue first in all matters
A good Shepherd must be connected and linked to the supernatural and sovereignty of heaven to accomplish his mission and calling.
A good shepherd must have a strong foundation and also a super support system in the form of a wife to help him in his mission
A good Shepherd mustn’t be so desperate for success. He must pass through the process of failure, falling, rising up, trying again and then success.
Along the way there will be scars and starting from stratch, or a chance to begin again
A good Shepherd strives to be a good and faithful steward to his master Jesus Christ and in this lies his heavenly and earthly reward
Salvation of people must be his primary focus.
All other things(money, position, affluence) must become secondary
Sweet -Sour Seasons
He must be ready for the sweet times and also the sour times of his ministry for this is the nature of the cross.
Secrets, Skeletons and Scandals
A Shepherd must fight hard to ensure he doesn’t fall into the temptations of secret affairs, skeletons in cupboard and scandals that would tarnish his image and integrity
Skills for Survival
A good shepherd must acquire skills, education and training required for shepherdhood.
He must empower himself in all spheres
He must have control over himself, his desires and discipline himself, and learn contentment with godly satisfaction.
For he will face the test in 3 ways : money, position and women.
By Brother Tola Adele