Why Did the Sheep Leave?

I thought I'd take a little break from home the other day and stop in at a local restaurant for a quick bite to eat. It's not often at all that I dine alone, and it was actually quite nice. The place I chose had beautiful inspirational music playing and I had some quiet time to worship our Lord at that tiny table. I was reading a print out of an article from the internet about the Church and what she suffers from today with abusive leaders. While enjoying the warmth of my creamy cup of caffeine and presence of our Lord, some men were seated in the booth behind me. Their conversation intrigued me, because they were discussing ministry work. Hoping to glean some insight to ministry I eavesdropped, but in a matter of just a few minutes my heart sank in utter despair. Men who claim to be in ministry discussed when a sheep leaves the flock and one shared such a nonchalant lack of compassion with no desire whatsoever to win the lamb back.

How are we to attempt to win them back?

Luke 4:23, "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."
Where are the sheep going? Why are they leaving?

Jeremiah 50:6, "My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace"
What are we supposed to do with the lost sheep?
Matthew 10:6-8, "6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."
What do we do when the sheep leave?

Luke 15:4, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?"
And when we find them and bring them back?

Luke 15:6, "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost."
So what kind of leader scatters the sheep like this?

Acts 20:29, "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
What is going to happen to these leaders?

Ezekiel 34:10, " 10Thus 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."
The next question is this, how do you convince the sheep to come back to the fold if the fold is lead by a wolf?

Our Lord has been showing me so much in this area and could only be from him that passages like these are jumping out at me. He gives us what we need at the time we need it. Be cautious dear brothers and sisters, the wolves are here.

To be continued....The Wolves Are Here

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{ Michelle } at: September 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM said...

It rips my heart out when the leaders fall. I know they are human, I really do, but they are trusted with so many hearts. Its truly devastating when they quit caring about what God wants.

{ Sisterlisa } at: September 3, 2009 at 12:29 PM said...

But the thing I think we all need to understand is a True Sheep won't become a wolf. Wolves enter in AS wolves, in sheep's clothing. It's not that the leader is falling, it's that they never were a genuine shepherd to begin with. A lamb wakes up realizing he's in a pack, not a fold. They were lost and led into the pack, thinking they were in safety.

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