The Shepherds Of God’s Flock

In 1 Peter 5, Peter turns his attention to church leadership. He writes:

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:1-3 (NIV)

God is looking for elders who will watch over His flock with willing, servant hearts. He wants the elders of His church to serve as examples of what it means to lead like, love like and look like Christ. If elders aren’t following Christ, then how can people follow them? If elders won’t shepherd the flock, then the flock will be in danger. If the elders only desire exalted power, God will bring them down. Being an elder is a tough job and we need elders who will do it well.

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