The Choice of a Shepherd Leader

As we reflect on our Savior’s birth this Christmas, may we stop to ponder the choices we make as shepherd leaders. Jesus always chose good. He always chose best. He always chose selfless. He always chose us.

By Holly Culhane

 

It happens from the moment we wake each morning until we lie every evening – decisions, options, alternatives, possible courses of action. Sometimes between evil and good, often between beneficial and best, always between selfish and selfless.

 

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia so many are drawn to today, tells us a choice is the range of different things from which a being can choose, with the arrival at a choice potentially incorporating motivators and models.

 

As a follower of Jesus Christ, as an under-shepherd of the sheep He has entrusted to our care, our model, fellow under-shepherd, is Jesus – the Son of the Living God, the Door, the Vine, the Bread of Life, the Resurrection and the Life, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, our Lord, Teacher, Messiah, Christ, the great I AM, our dear Good, Great, and Chief Shepherd. And our motivator is to influence and impact those with whom we come into contact as Scripture demonstrates – from Genesis to Revelation, like He would and as He asks.

 

He always chose good. He always chose best. He always chose selfless. He always chose us.

 

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

He became poor but did not become pitiable or pathetic.*

        He descended, but was not destitute or desperate.*

                He chose sacrifice – of riches, of perfection, of the joy of Heaven – for poverty.

                        He laid aside His glory for the good of the sheep.

                                He chose sacrifice over self-indulgence.

                                     He chose generosity over greed.

 

FOR US

 

So that WE MIGHT BECOME RICH!

 

Sacrificial service. For the good of the destitute, the desperate, the pitiable and the pathetic.

As we celebrate our Savior’s birth this Christmas, may we stop to ponder the choices we make as shepherd leaders. Is He our model? Is He our motivator?

 

*Pastor Mark Lashey, Lifehouse Middletown Odessa Townsend, 12/10/23 Sunday sermon

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