The True Measure Of A Shepherd — Discipler

I wonder how much of what is accepted today as “shepherding” or “discipling” has the imprimatur of Christ’s life upon it?

 

BIBLICALLY-BASED SHEPHERD-DISCIPLERS:

  • Appear to be indiscriminate in their selection of people:
  • Jesus ministered at large to lepers and princes, outcasts and the elite. In selecting the twelve disciples, He chose rebels. Working-class men. Nondescripts. Their one commonality seemed to be a mutual hunger for God (Judas excepted).
  • By contrast, we tend to choose those with whom we find a natural affinity: Those who “fit in” with our social, educational, or economic milieu.
  • Are willing to suffer whatever is necessary to see their sheep mature:

Consider Paul’s example:

 

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the electI am in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” (2 Timothy 2:10a; Galatians 4:19b)

  • By contrast, we tend to evaluate “success” in our ministry by such relatively superficial criteria as our disciples’ (1) mastery of certain disciplines, (2) their endorsement of our ministry objectives for them, or (3) their continued affirmation of us as their spiritual leader.

When John’s disciples met Jesus, John immediately stepped into the background, thereby allowing them to follow the Master. (John 1:35-39; 3:30)

 

By contrast, we run the risk of developing in our sheep an unhealthy sense of dependency upon us, or obligation to us. Unwittingly, this aberration is fostered through subtle manipulation or abuse of authority, thus delaying or inhibiting their matriculation toward healthy independence.

 

Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brothers way.” (Romans 14:13b)

 

QUESTION: In ministering to others, what is our primary motivation: The furtherance of God’s Kingdom and Glory, or something as mundane or minuscule as our personal fulfillment or aggrandizement?

 

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6 thoughts on “The True Measure Of A Shepherd — Discipler

  1. this is the whole truth. In these days, the end time we are in, many ministers whether they are called or not, are doing it the work with materials gain as the member one priority in their mind. They have forgotten that the original pattern is to have God’s kingdom at heart, and all other things will definitely follow, even God did pay the 11th-hour workers.

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