The foremost commandment, according to Jesus, is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. That is a holistic command; it entails total engagement of every aspect of a human being.

In order to do that, each of those components – heart, soul, mind, strength – must be healthy. The Shepherd will naturally be at work to nurture the capacity of each area.

He will monitor their affections and bend those toward himself. He will orchestrate the circumstances and venue of their lives, connecting them to select individuals and opportunities for growth and transformation. As he engages their minds, he will systematically root out harmful and erroneous thinking and replace it with truth. And he will always have an eye on their physical well-being, administering healing when appropriate.

His under-shepherds will exhibit the same concern for the same issues. Indeed, they will often be one of the means by which the Shepherd will accomplish the desires of his heart. Only as they abide in the Shepherd themselves can they minister in a balanced and holistic way.

Only as they allow the Shepherd to manifest his life through them can they hope to be effective in their labors. Only as they co-labor with Christ will the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of the sheep be met.