Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 January 2022 | SU Devotional | Friday Message
Topic: The Shepherds And God’s Flock
Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, I request that you help me to encounter you as I meditate on your word.
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1‐16
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 January 2022 | SU Devotional | Outline
Read vs.1‐10 again and identify God’s charges against the shepherds of His people. Find out also from there what they should have done. Sheep are totally dependent on their shepherds for provision and protection. Without their care, the sheep are at the mercy of wild animals. They go astray and become lost. Hence God’s declaration that He will take over the responsibility of shepherding His flock (vs.11‐16). Note all that God promised to do for His flock and see how they are fulfilled in the Chief Shepherd of the sheep (John 10:11‐18, 27‐29). Underscoring the importance of Christian leaders taking good care of their flocks, Christ charged Apostle Peter three times to feed and tend His flock (John 21:15‐18). We must examine ourselves and ensure that we meet God’s expectations of us as Christian leaders (Acts 20:28‐30; 1 Peter 5:1‐4). We must return to holistic ministry of caring for the flocks especially those who are weak and hurting (vs.12,16).
Reflection: Are you a hireling or a compassionate shepherd?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Help us, dear Lord, to follow your example and take good care of those you have called us to lead.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with 2 Samuel 22:40
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Genesis 22, 23, Hebrews 11:13‐39.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
A TRUE LEADER
But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant Matthew 20:26
THANK GOD FOR:
› Leaders in SU whose lives have been helped and are being helped as they follow Christ daily. › The grace of God upon our leaders in SU in offering selfless service to God and man, knowing God will not abandon them.
• Our leaders in SU groups, zones, areas, Regions and National that they will conform to the image and examples of Christ in all they do.
• Credibility among the leaders as they continuously uphold the truth and are fair in all their dealings.
• Humility as they continue to encourage others by their lifestyles.
∷ Things that will make our leaders in SU groups, Zones, Areas, Regions and National to be dismayed, especially in the face of challenges. ∷ All forms of tribalism, selfishness and unfairness in all they do.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 14 January 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.