Caring for the flocks
Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.”
Many Christians are troubled about many things without minding the work of God. But through the above passage, God has made us to know how little He regards Christians, who made much of themselves without taking care of His flocks. We can see how displeased God is at the (shepherds) Christians that allowed God’s flock to become a prey to the deceivers that drew them to idolatry, and then to the destroyers, who carried them into captivity. These shepherds (Christians) took no care to prevent the flocks from such danger and, therefore, God says He will require His flocks from their hands. They had a commission from God to feed the flocks and be rewarded accordingly, but they were not interested in the assignment and rather pursued their selfish interest.
It is not bearing the name of shepherds or Christians that will engage God to reward us, if we do not the work enjoined us, and be not faithful to the trust reposed in us. Christians that have no business in soul winning should know God is against them and they shall be made to account for the manner in which they have discharged what was entrusted to them, because God has said He will require His flock at their hands. Christians, who neglect this commission of caring for souls, will face the wrath of God on the Day of Judgment. If you are a Christian and by extension a shepherd, you must work as one, who must render account of his stewardship to his Master, ignorance of this fact will be regretted on the last day. God has purchased the souls with His precious blood and is jealous of them. We are the shepherds of those He purchased with His blood, for He has committed them into our hands to bring them to heaven at last. Any Christian that fails in this duty will lose his right of eternal life.
The mind of God is that we should regard these souls as our wives and be jealous about them despite their weaknesses, inclination and disposition. It does not matter their insult, debt owed or evil meted to us, what is utmost important to God is that you should endure all their malicious acts and bring them to heaven, because for this reason Christ died and for same reason you are converted. If, therefore, as a Christian you have not gotten one of these souls to present to God, consider yourself not a Christian, because the primary purpose of your conversion is not only to make heaven, but to use it to save others. Let us care for the flocks committed into our hands, if we are to be assured of the Master’s reward.