Cattle are driven; sheep are led; and our Lord compares His people to sheep, not to cattle.
It is especially important that Christian ministers know the law of the leader--that he can lead others only as far as he himself has gone....
The minister must experience what he would teach or he will find himself in the impossible position of trying to drive sheep. For this reason he should seek to cultivate his own heart before he attempts to preach to the hearts of others....
The Law of the Leader tells us, who are preachers, that it is better to cultivate our souls than our voices. It is better to polish our hearts than our pulpit manners, though if the first has been done well and successfully it may be profitable for us to do the second.
We cannot take our people beyond where we ourselves have been, and it thus becomes vitally important that we be ministers of God in the last and highest sense of that term. The Price of Neglect, pp151-153, by A.W. Tozer.
Many of these folks claim their interpretation of the Bible truly represents what God intended in His written word. Their authority to preach or teach (they claim) comes directly from the Holy Spirit based on what has been historically delivered to them from this or that preacher-teacher of their experience. They use standard cliches like sola scriptura which basically means by scripture alone, the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. This is true; however, who truly knows or understands completely the message that has been put forth in the Bible. Mankind has historically attempted to discern the Bible’s message but, unfortunately, no one person alive (or now dead) has attained the complete knowledge of God. Those who claim thus deceive themselves.
If you will examine both the regular and Greek dictionaries, you will find the same meaning for the word sower (Greek word speiro), which means to plantseed is the euphemism for the word of God (see in the Bible the story of the parable of the sower in Matthew13:1-9.
Paul then follows and speaks of a person who waters (Greek word potizō,) which means to furnish drink, irrigate, and or metaphorically to imbue and or saturate one's mind.
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