Monday, June 21st, 2010
"Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God." (Acts 20:28)
Christian shepherds need to imitate "the fine shepherd," Jesus. (John 10:11) He was deeply concerned about God's sheep and stressed the importance of caring for them. (John 21:15-17) Especially do the sheep need such care today, for the Devil has intensified his efforts to break the integrity of those dedicated to God. Satan takes advantage of fleshly weaknesses and uses the world in an attempt to lead Jehovah's sheep into sinful activities. (1 John 2:15-17; 5:19) Inactive ones are particularly vunerable and therefore need assistance in order to apply the admonition to 'walk by spirit.' (Galatians 5:16-21, 25) Helping such sheep calls for prayerful reliance on God, the guidance of his spirit, and skillful use of his Word.—Proverbs 3:5, 6; Luke 11:13; Hebrews 4:12.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 1:5, 6)