“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. ”
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 unto the next new information without discerning how much this really matters to Him.
This is not just an instruction to Pastors or Teachers, but to everyone who has at least a disciple.
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.
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 the Lord has committed to your trust. Are they being fed? Are they growing? What kind of diet are they receiving? To these, a leader must take heed.
For these, a follower must look out for when deciding which local Church he will pitch his tent at.