Leader would do well to remember that wise shepherds patiently lead the flock at the pace of the youngest lamb, or the frail and old.
Look at this insightful and practical video by Danelle Esterhuizen on how to lead by caring for the weak.
And [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he said to them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
Observation and reflection questions
Context: This text records the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, straight after John Baptised him and witnessed how the Holy Spirit descended on him, and Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by Satan.
- Why was Jesus anointed with the Holy Spirit, according to this text? What does this suggest about the motive for God’s empowerment of the leader today?
- In your own words describe the ministry of Jesus phrase by phrase (verses 18-19a)
Personal reflections and applications
Our God is the God of “the orphan, the widow, and the foreigner” – he identifies with and is drawn to the vulnerable. He sets laws to protect them and sends leaders to take care of them, and sent leaders and ultimately his Son Jesus to care for those who are frail, oppressed and marginalized.
- The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to care for the frail and marginalized.
- Do you feel empowered to do that?
- In which way do you do that in your fellowship group?
- Do you have patience and compassion for the frail and marginalized?
Pray about your attitude and confidence in the care for the frail and marginalized you associate with by name.
- Consider people whom you fellowship with or lead.
- List two potential leaders in your group; what do they need to grow in next? How can you help with that?
- List the two less likely candidates for leadership in your group. Why would you think that? How can you help them?
- Who in your group would most benefit from “heling the broken-hearted”? What can you do to help with that?
- Who in your group would most benefit most from “setting the captives free”? What can you do to help with that?
Reflect and pray about the care for the care for the frail and marginalized you associate with by name.