A dear one transitioned from another job to obeying God’s call to work in the ministry. After the first three months, I asked him, “So how does it feel working in ministry full-time”. He said, “Ah! Pastor. It is stretching and more demanding than I thought”.
The pastor cannot afford to be lazy. When a pastor is lazy, the flock will suffer. The Lord is tough on any shepherd that is irresponsible. The call to ministry, therefore, must never be taken as a joke.
The prophet Ezekiel gave some tough instances of the attributes of lazy shepherds:
A lazy shepherd feeds himself and not the sheep: “You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve.”
Ezekiel 34:3 NLT
A lazy shepherd would neglect the wounded and the sick sheep while he takes advantage of the fattened ones. His leadership is not in love.
“You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty”
Ezekiel 34:4 NLT
A Pastor with the heart of a shepherd waits on the Lord for food for the sheep. If you go to church and you return saying, “Wow! It seems pastor knows what I am going through” or “Did someone tell pastor about the things that I am facing?”, that is proof that you have been fed.
If you constantly sit in a church but you are not well fed neither are you growing but the demand is always about your finances, then something is wrong.
Hear what the Lord said he will do to a lazy shepherd:
“I now consider these shepherds my enemies, and I will hold them responsible for what has happened to my flock. I will take away their right to feed the flock, and I will stop them from feeding themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths; the sheep will no longer be their prey.”
Ezekiel 34:10 NLT
Dear pastor, give your best to the sheep! Dear sheep, don’t sit under a lazy shepherd!