Why call us "Shepherds"?
Wouldn't it just be easier to say we are all "leaders"? Well, I guess but I am convinced we are more than leaders. In John 10 we get a key insight to how Jesus functions, simply as the Good Shepherd. This topic is worth more time, but here is the low-down. First, we strive to be like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, guiding God's people back to divine Grace. Second, we are invested. To explain this, we are not like volunteers who get up and leave when we experience vallies. More imporatntly, I, Donnie, can testify that these shephereds know this flock. While it would be easy to keep our conversations shallow and life hidden, we go deep and open up to each other. Finally, because we know and are invested in God's people, we protect. The Good Shepered comes to give life and life abundantly, while the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy; we protect by showing that "life abundantly" is accessable through the Grace of Christ.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep."