by Nick and Brian Schwarz
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Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God (Acts 20:28).
Caring for and guiding other Christians is an awesome responsibility. You are entrusted with people who are so precious to God that Jesus, the Son of God, shed his blood for them on the cross. So precious and yet so vulnerable.
Dangers abound for the flock of God, both from within the church and from without. From without, some attack the church, its beliefs and teachings about holy living. From within, some distort the truth of the gospel to win followers for themselves. They are like savage wolves who destroy the unity of the church.
Those who are leaders in the church need to practise constant vigilance. They need to keep watch, first over themselves – over their own faith and Christian life – and second, to keep watch over those in their care. Keeping a careful watch flows from being familiar with what is happening in the lives of the flock and prayerful reflection on what you observe there and in your own life. Are you setting a good example for those you are leading?
Lord God, please bless people in leadership in our church. Give them your Spirit so that they lead in wise and loving ways. Help me to set a good example for my fellow church members. Amen.