Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
"I will search for my sheep and care for them" (Ezekiel 34:11)
A Christian shepherd needs to know and keep track of the flock of God under his care. (Compare Proverbs 27:23) God is pleased when elders take steps in an effort to help sheep who have strayed to return to the flock. When a fellow believer is physically sick, the visit of a shepherd of God's flock can be a source of joy and encouragement. The same can be the case when a spiritually ailing sheep is given personal attention. Elders may read scriptures, review an article, discuss meeting highlights, pray with the inactive one, and so forth. They can point out that members of the congregation would be delighted to see him come back to congregation meetings. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7; James 5:13-15) A visit, a telephone call, or a letter can mean so much! Giving personal help to a sheep missing from the flock can also increase the joy of the compassionate Christian shepherd.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 1:7, 8)