This week we will explore the hope that Peter’s first letter offers for leadership in the church. Jesus Christ has not created the church only to leave us to figure things out for ourselves. He promised that he would be with us to lead us forward.
I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed: Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:1-4)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Those who serve in leadership in the church must serve as undershepherds of Jesus Christ. Jesus created the church to be his possession, and we must never use the church for our own purposes, but only for those of Christ. God uses us to build up others so that they can become mature disciples and interact with Christ independently. For this to happen, those who lead within the church must regularly check their motives.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd, and you alone are worthy of praise. Let those who serve within your church, serve as your undershepherds. Let them lead others according to your will. Help them to keep a constant check on their motives, and serve others with selflessness and humility.