Key Verse: “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment” (Ezekiel 34:16).
Recently, a national newspaper published a story, with photographs of a 28 year-old man searching for his father, a Canadian. The father, the story stated, worked in the country many years back and had relationship with a young lady resulting in the birth of the child. He later went on his annual leave and never came back. Now the man, the product of that relationship, was seeking to be linked up with his father, as urgently as possible.
Here in our text, God promised to take over as the ‘shepherd of His sheep; seeking them out and bringing them together again to heal their wounds and bound up the broken hearts. The shepherds of Israel, those to whom the care of the sheep the flock of God, had fallen, had become vile and selfish, taking care of themselves and abandoning the sheep. Ezekiel prophesied against these religious leaders, as did prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23:-4).
As Shepherd in God’s house, we are expected to care for the flock, attend to their spiritual and physical needs through fervent prayers. Shepherds must show transparent love to enhance interpersonal relationship among the entire church membership. Perhaps, you have looked up to a leader and you were disappointed in the handling of your case. Be not discouraged. Rise up to the challenge, look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. This way, the task of soulwinning and world evangelization would be accomplished. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ left the glory and riches of heaven to come to the earth to reconcile a lost world unto the Almighty God, the Father of all.
Join the army of those seeking’ the lost and help to bring them to light and life. Remember that the only duty that will endure is that which is geared towards winning souls for Christ.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Seek the lost before it is too late.