I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own (John 10:14).
The work of the ancient shepherd was three-fold: to guide, provide, and protect his own flock.
The faithful shepherd would guide his sheep to green pastures and still waters (Psalm 23:2). While he could not force them to graze, he would provide the food and rest which would nourish his flock (Psalm 23:3). He would protect the sheep from predators (Psalm 23:4) and knew his sheep and his sheep knew him (John 10:14).
The Bible likens a pastor to a shepherd.
Today many pastors are more like administrators, motivational speakers, professional counselors and community organizers. Congregations are so large that the pastor cannot possibly know the spiritual condition of each person; and the people can’t personally know him.
It’s easy to put expectations on a pastor beyond his shepherding duty. We expect him to be an emotional tether and a physical provider. We want to feel warm fuzzies and good vibrations as he meets our perceived needs and wants, never realizing that we are blind to our own true spiritual dearth.
The pastor only fulfills his divine calling when he preaches the full counsel of the Word of God.
Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28).