Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
God is speaking to the spiritual leaders of His people. They have failed Him. He calls them the shepherds of Israel. Notice the failures and let’s compare that to ours. They did not strengthen, heal, bind up, bring back, seek out the sheep. They ruled with force and cruelty.
Many people have a very bad attitude about church because we as pastors and other leaders have been guilty of these very sorts of things. We have failed to strengthen. We have not been concerned to give our people what they need to live godly lives. We have not given them good spiritual food. We have been guilty of preaching our pet peeves. Of trying to get people to conform to what we wanted. We have been known to use a sort of spiritual manipulation.
They have been sick and broken. They need help. They need someone who will help them see the truth and be able to get strong enough to leave this sickness. They have been wounded and need someone to put on a bandage to help them pull it together.
Some have been driven away because of the failures that we have in our churches. We need to go after them.
We need to realize that we lead with love and kindness not force and cruelty.
As I read these words the Lord is working in my life to cause me to consider many failures in my own past ministry. I have been hard on people. I have not been available to help people. I have used people to accomplish my goals.
As a leader I want to confess that sin and never live it again. I ask you to look over your ministry. How are you leading? What could you do to improve and make a positive difference in the lives of people?
We have the good news! It should be a blessing to people. We should be making a difference through the power of God and the Word of God. This is a good time to stop and reflect. This is good time to do a personal evaluation of the ministry that God has given us.