You eat the fat, wear the wool, and butcher the fattened animals, but you do not tend the flock.
You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost.
Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty. They were scattered for lack of a shepherd; they became food for all the wild animals when they were scattered.
Ezekiel 34:3-5 HCSB
When humans become so self-absorbed that we put ourselves equal to or before God, then we should not wonder why our life is full of heartache and storms.
God gave the shepherds one job, to take care of His sheep. Instead they became so self-absorbed as rulers over the sheep that they spent more time killing and consuming them, than taking care of them. They got lazy and entitled, and their flock became lost in the fields and woods. The flock became victims of wild animals and other humans. This enraged God. His gift to the shepherds was squandered. The job they were assigned and had committed to was discarded.
What job has God assigned you? How are you doing at your job? Are you giving it 100% effort with 100% passion and 100% energy?
Do you even know what you’re supposed to be doing?
What about the job where you work, or if you’re self-employed, the company that you’re building? Are you doing your job at the level God expects? Do you make excuses for not doing your job, or blame others?
Now consider your personal relationships. Are you putting in the effort and care that God expects? Or are you so self-consumed that you don’t see where you need to step up, improve, increase the passion, or reaffirm your commitment (or make one)?
Are you helping to heal wounds, forgiving and asking for forgiveness? Are you protecting the other person, being honest and true, and considering their needs? Or is it all about you and your needs, wants, and desires?
Have you kept your vows? Or have you even taken the step towards making a vow? Do you have both feet planted in your relationship, or are you straddling the fence?
Have you gotten lazy like the shepherds in this scripture or are you tending to the needs of your spouse/significant other like God expects a great shepherd to tend to their flock?
Consider your jobs in life and how you are doing in each one. Are you benefitting without having to put in real work? Do you feel like you earned what you have? Or do you know the truth—that God gave you what you have—and it’s time to get back to work?
I’ve got a lot of work to do, so have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.
Thank You Father for another day to experience life in a unique way. I pray to see and perform my job with the level of commitment and passion that You expect of me. Let me prosper from my work in Your name Lord.
I pray that I never turn my back on someone in need of Your love, hope, or sustenance. May I give freely what You call me to give.
Father when I see wrong, let me be brave enough to speak up and not convince myself that it’s none of my business. Because I know that my inaction can actually help to serve the negative actions that will take place if I do nothing.
These things I ask for in Your son Jesus’ name. Amen.
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