“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you.” 1Pe 5:2 NLT
Projecting too far ahead can keep you from devoting your energy to the task at hand. The Bible says, “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you…And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of…glory” (vv. 2-4 NLT). One Bible School director says: “There was a time when God began to do great things in my life…it was the fulfillment of many dreams…During this period I started experiencing more problems and confrontations…I felt like a fireman. As soon as one blaze was extinguished, another cropped up…I felt run down and discouraged. I thought, ‘I’ll go to the mission field where the work is fun and I can just send back postcards.’ Then I saw a vision of David being anointed by Samuel, and the Lord asked me, ‘What did David do after he was anointed king?’…I answered, ‘He went back to tending his father’s sheep’ (1Sa 17:15). The Lord continued, ‘Had David gone looking for a giant to kill at that time, the lion and the bear would have eaten his flock. This Bible school is your flock, so tend to it.’…Whether you’re a pastor, an associate, a music director, or a layman, each of us has a flock… David’s flock was his assignment from God, and…although he’d been anointed king…his first priority was to tend to his first assignment. The giants will come, and if you stay with your assignment, at the right time you’ll meet and conquer yours. You’ll be exalted—after you’ve proved yourself faithful.” Wherever your “flock” is right now, that’s where God expects you to be.