“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
Thrice, the Lord Jesus ‘bothered’ Peter with the instruction “If you love me, feed my sheep/lamb” (John 21:15-17). The Lord will rather have you irritated by repetition than hurrying off to the next new information without discerning how much this really matters to Him.
The word ‘feed’ is an allusion to the care a shepherd gives his sheep. It goes beyond providing food (which is preaching), to protecting the sheep. There is a jealousy that we should have for the flock; The kind that causes us to guard them against wrong doctrine, a lukewarm attitude to the things of God or any other thing that affects their relationship with God.
Why? A weighty price was paid for them. Paul says: “Feed the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.” The master purchased them with His own blood. These are not people to be given light attention. Take heed to ALL the flock man of God. Are they being fed? Are they growing? What kind of diet are they receiving? To these, the man of God must take heed. For these, a follower must look out for when deciding which local Church he will pitch his tent.