Dear friends, I occasionally read the daily devotional from “Jesus Calling.” If you have never read it, I highly recommend you subscribe. I often read it in the middle of my day, and it serves to “refresh” my perspective and helps me reflect on eternity, our position with Christ, and our eventual home in heaven. Here is the first paragraph from today’s “Jesus Calling” devotional:


“God’s Word tells us that God is like a Shepherd who takes care of us. He protects us from harm and He makes sure we’re nourished. One of the jobs of a shepherd is to provide the sheep with refreshment.” – Jesus Calling


This made me think of a topic for today’s quiet time: We are all called to shepherd God’s flock. Here are my thoughts:

  1. Christ sets the example; He is our Shepherd, and He guides us “beside the still waters.”
  2. We are all called to shepherd; the role of pastor or ministry leader is to set the example of how to do it; they may be vocational ministry leaders, but we are ALL called to be ministry leaders.
  3. Many of us are bi-vocational, meaning we have a marketplace ministry (our secular jobs) and a community ministry (in the church or para-church ministries).
  4. Some of us are uni-vocational and have not caught a vision (yet) for this dual role. I believe ALL Christ-followers are called to be bi-vocational. Step up if this is you. I promise that your life will become richer and more rewarding as you do so. If it doesn’t, contact me, and we can figure it out together.


The journey of faith in Christ is not solitary; it is about community, guiding, and nurturing one another. The calling of a shepherd is not reserved for a select few, but rather, it’s an invitation extended to each one of us. Being a shepherd, in the biblical sense, is about taking care of each other, ensuring that our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are nurtured and protected.

Our modern lives offer us unique platforms to shepherd – from our workplaces to our homes, from community groups to social gatherings. Each interaction is an opportunity to guide, to comfort, to support. It’s about recognizing the needs of others and acting in love and humility.

Jesus exemplified the heart of a shepherd. He took care of the lost, the sick, the weary, and the downtrodden. When we embrace our role as shepherds, no matter our primary vocation, we’re essentially walking in His footsteps. This doesn’t mean we will be perfect; it means we strive to show His love and guidance in all we do.

Remember, the heart of shepherding lies not in the title or role but in the actions and love we extend to others. Whether you find yourself in the marketplace or within the walls of a church, let the heart of a shepherd guide you in every interaction.

May we always be reminded of our calling, to lead by example, to offer a hand when one is needed, and to reflect the love and care of our ultimate Shepherd. Embrace your role, for in doing so, you not only enrich your spiritual journey but also touch the lives of those around you in profound and everlasting ways.

For Christ’s glory. Amen.

Your aspiring servant,

Daniel M.

August 17, 2023

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