Main point? –> Care for the church of God (shepherd)
-Too often we can get trapped with a: minimal longing for Jesus, a minimal longing for joy/gladness, a minimal dependence on God, and a maximum burden on our selves [we try to develop systems and strategies and can all to often operate apart from the Gospel and on our own power].
Pay careful attention to yourselves:
1) In your teaching (v. 28-29), cf. v.20,27
- A good shepherd points to the chief shepherd [“follow me only as I follow Him”; cf. Paul]
2) In your marriage
- Every decision you make now has long-lasting implications
3) In your finances
Stay within your limits, don’t be a consumer
-A man must provide for his family (and be able to ask when he has need)
4) In your ego
Pastors: deal with your insecurity [note entire section]
Network with other pastors
don’t get focused on the hype — it quickly becomes self-centered instead of God-focused
5) In your frustration
It can be difficult and overwhelming
[not part on angry people/marriage frustrations]
Speak up about it! [don’t allow it to bottle up and dwell]
“I’d rather make someone angry for speaking up in Truth rather than festering in it”
-Deal with frustration in a Gospel-centered way [you are a peacemaker, not a peacefaker or peacebreaker].
6) In your identity (in Jesus!)
-cf. Hebrews 4 (Jesus endured all temptation)
-Note 4 source idols [cf. from “Church-Planter” by Darrin Pattrick] — power, approval, comfort, security
–We are tempted in these same ways!
-This allows us to enter into worship [we need a vertical focus]
We must turn from: identity — worship // to //
|| [tilt the spectrum vertically]
John Calvin quote (roughly) – “if you don’t take care of yourself we’re automatically disqualified to care for the flock”
–Only through Jesus is this possible.