The Lord Jesus is the good shepherd who really cares for his sheep. The story of how a shepherd left the 99 to seek for 1 that is lost shows how much he knows them one by one. Their total number and how he cares when one is not within the fold. What could have befallen him must have run through his mind…lost on the mountains and left behind because of not being unable to climb some steeps?…caught in some shrubs?…ill and weak and lying down in some lonely paths?…fallen into some ditch? or the worst….eaten by some foxes? Whatever it is, the shepherd was bend on knowing the state of this sheep. So he left the multitude to go looking for the only one lost. Being a shepherd to His sheep was an assignment specifically handed by the master to peter in John 21: 16-17. Acts 20:28 enjoins
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood”. Proverbs 27:23 says “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. Even in Genesis 4:9 when there were just 4 humans on earth, the Lord asked of Abel from Cain. Today, leaders are not diligent to know the state of their flock. Many rationalise and give reasons for other believers absence at church meetings without checking up what exactly went wrong. Leaders don’t know their members are ill talk less of finding out how it is with them spiritually and otherwise. Discipling and role modelling have long left the stage. Men now seek their own than the things of Christ. Please remember you will give account on the flock over which the holy Ghost has made you overseer. The Laity are also guilty of this. It is everyone’ responsibility to watch over each other on the way to heaven. Let us practice the love and cohesiveness we were once known for which attracted so many unbelievers to the church. Lets love one another to fulfil the law of Christ. May the Lord count you and me faithful. Amen.

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