“Should Not Shepherds Feed His Sheep?” (Ezekiel 34: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Should not shepherds feed the sheep?” asks God. “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought.” (Ezekiel 34: 3)

After breakfast, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” When Peter says that he does; Jesus commands, “Feed My lambs.” (John 21: 15) He asks Peter again if he loves Him. And Peter replies, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Jesus tells Peter: “Tend My sheep.” (John 21: 16) A third time, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Here Peter is hurt. Peter responds, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.” (John 21: 17, 19)

Paul writes to Timothy, “From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3: 15)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3: 16)

Paul tells Timothy to “preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort WITH COMPLETE PATIENCE and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4: 2)

“The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden form His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4: 12 – 13)

Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, You know everything.”

Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.”

“Hold Fast To God” (Deuteronomy 13: 4, ESV) by Carley Evans

“You shall walk after the Lord your God.”

Jesus says, “Follow Me” to His disciples. He says to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9: 2) Some of the scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy. So Jesus asks, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” Then he turns to the paralyzed man, saying: “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Matthew 9: 4, 6)

Jesus challenges us: “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven, or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?”

“You shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

Jesus says, “No one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins — and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2: 22)

Jesus makes us new creations and fills us with His Holy Spirit.

Jesus says, “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” (Mark 7: 14 – 15)

“Fear Him and keep His commandments and obey His voice.”

Paul writes for us to present ourselves to God as “slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” (Romans 6: 19) We are “set free from sin.” (Romans 6: 22) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23)

Don’t walk in front of God. Step in behind Him, following in His footsteps — one at a time. Walk after Him, fear Him, serve him, obey His voice. Hold fast to God.