Transitions Call for Spiritual Shepherds
“And I will give you [spiritual] shepherds after My own heart [in the final time], who will feed you with knowledge and understanding and judgment.” (Jeremiah 3:15, AMP)
Notice, Jeremiah talks about God’s promise of spiritual shepherds when we face change and transition. Transition is difficult. It doesn’t matter whether it happens in your professional or personal life, it’s hard. In your work life, you’ll experience many changes: multiple careers across diverse industries and companies, new technology, new jobs, new bosses, transfers, promotions, relocations, changes in compensation and benefits, downsizings, mergers and acquisitions. All are challenging to deal with and will take a toll on you and your family.
My life has been constant change for the last 10 years. In 2006, I met Karen, we married in 2007. I moved away from my home into her home. Over the next three years, I experienced profound spiritual growth and awakening. In 2009, God called me to start a small men’s ministry and lead men on the path to becoming mighty men of God. In 2010, God called me to get up in the early hours before dawn and write devotionals six days a week for a year. In early 2012, He told me to change the focus and direction of my coaching practice. I adopted a faith-based, Bible-focused practice to teach Christians in the marketplace how to integrate their faith into their work life. Suddenly, I was excited and energized about my professional life again. One morning I told Karen, “Honey, God has called us to be ‘spiritual shepherds’ in the marketplace. He has given us new tools, books to write, messages to deliver, sermons to preach, and Christian clients who are hungry for His Word and searching for ways to honor God in their work.”
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God if He has a transition planned for you. Yes, transitions are difficult, but during your time in the wilderness, trust God to give you spiritual shepherds to counsel, lead, guide, and pray for you. The wilderness is a place of training and preparation.
Lord, thank You for being my Shepherd and for calling me to be a shepherd to others. Teach me to love, to serve, and to care for the sheep You have entrusted to me. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.