Pastoral Care and Admonition

Paul, the Apostle excelled as an evangelist, teacher, and pastor. His shepherd heart is evident in his words, actions, and attitude. Paul invited the leaders of Ephesus to Miletus (a distance of 36 miles or 56 km) as he did not have time to visit Ephesus. His words could be given as his own self-assessment and report. “Therefore, be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32-32)
1) Long-term care: Paul was with the elders for about three years as Lord Jesus was with His disciples. It could be taken as a standard period to equip and empower disciples to become effective elders.
2) Diligent care: His statement shows that he did not cease night and day from teaching, exhorting, counselling, caring, warning, and admonishing them.
3) Counselling care: Paul taught them systematically, a formal education. Probably, expository preaching from the Law of Moses. He also taught them informally, by providing practical tips in everyday life. Paul also dealt with issues and provided solutions.
4) Sensitive care: Paul was involved in the ministry with whole heart, mind, and soul. He loved the people and was ministering to them with sensitivity, as well as with tears of joy. Yes, tears of joy seeing their progress and growth.
5) Equipping Care: Paul was confident that the elders would be built up in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.
6) Empowering care: Paul commended the elders to God, His Word, and His grace. The Holy Spirit will empower these elders for productive and faithful service.
7) Sacred Care: Paul was sure that the elders would be receiving inheritance with those who are sanctified, the Holy Assembly in Heaven.
All of us are entrusted to care for spouses or parents or children as well as disciples.
Am I a shepherd like Paul?