Someone once said to me, when you feed a person today, you give them food to nurture themselves for only one day … and bind them to a lifetime of seeking food from you and others every day.
But, when you give a person the skills, tools and opportunity to get their own food, you free them up to serve themselves … and free yourself to save someone else.
Similarly, I believe, for leaders of the flock… beware of binding the flock to a fear of men that is greater than a Holy fear of God… for you cannot be there every moment of every day to watch over them and their conduct.
Instead, guide them to the Holy Spirit of God, who will do what you cannot do in your absence from them.
As I see it, when you teach your flock the commandments of God, and strive to control them through man’s retribution, you create in them a fear of men in your presence … that is greater than the Holy fear of God. Imagine what will happen when they are not in your presence … for the Spirit of God is not within them.
But, when you teach your flock the commandments of God, and strive to instill in them an understanding and acceptance of the Spirit of God, they will be guided by the Holy Spirit of God to follow the commandments of God … in the presence of God … whether they are in your presence or not … for their hearts will be filled with he Holy Spirit, and the gift of the Holy fear of God.
Be not concerned with what other people will say of you and your flock… be more concerned with what God will say about your leadership of the flock that God has granted you.
Be less concerned by what a person looks like… instead keep greater vigil over what is inside their hearts, minds, souls.
Come … walk with me in the Garden
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