God…you are my SHEPHERD
Overlooked LEADERSHIP Attributes
To be a leader is to be a shepherd. Shepherds (leaders) all have a flock. Flocks are families, businesses, nations, churches, teams and neighborhoods. God presents the qualities and actions of a leader in Ezekiel 34 that are needed to truly take care of your personal flock.
- Strengthen the sick.
- Search for the stray.
- Feed in order to flourish.
- Judge with God’s justice.
The SHEPHERD “Challenge”
If you want to be a leader, follow the wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 27:23. When is the last time you have done a personal assessment?
- Be sure to know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.
Study and Discussion Questions
1. Do you have any experience with sheep? Here are some statements made by those who spend a lot of time with sheep: “The most stupid animals on earth.” “Dirty and timid and defenseless and helpless.” “Always getting lost, hurt, and snake-bitten.” “Easily led astray by other sheep.” God calls us sheep many times in the Bible. Discuss how we are like sheep.
2. Read Matthew 20:26; John 3:30; Philippians 2:3-4; Mark 10:42-45; John 13:13-17. A true leader is willing to place the needs and even the desires of others in front of themselves in order to accomplish God’s will. Share with the group about someone in your life who is a servant leader (shepherd).
3. Read Proverbs 27:23-27. Do you know the condition of your flocks? Do you see how if you take care of your lambs and goats, then they in turn will take care of you?
4. Read John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20-21; 1 Peter 5:4. Discuss how God is our shepherd and how He equips us for doing His will. How has Shepherd Jesus equipped you to do what is pleasing?
Applying the Word to Life
5. By God’s standards, how good of a leader are you? When is the last time you have strengthened someone who was sick emotionally or spiritually? When is the last time you have gone out of your way to reach out to someone who has lost their way with God? Do you feed those around you with joy and peace, or do you bring others down? Do you judge in fairness, or are you partial towards certain people?
6. How close are you to your Chief Shepherd? Are you spending enough time with Jesus? Are you reflecting His attributes?