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Session 9 - 1 Peter 5:1-4 – Alert Living – Day 1
1 Peter 5:1 (HCSB) Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you: 2 Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; not for the money but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Peter now exhorts the elders/pastors who are shepherding the persecuted believers. However, his words still apply to those who lead Jesus’ flocks today. Peter’s fellow elders would respect his authority as an apostle and eye-witness not only to Jesus’ suffering but to His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. What is involved in “shepherding” a body of believers? Protecting, nurturing, teaching, admonishing, encouraging, and exhorting believers all fall under the job description of the pastor. They should not serve out of duty or obligation but should minister from a place of passion, compassion, and vitality. Do the shepherds follow their own instincts and serve in their own power? No, they seek God’s design and purpose, His fulfillment for their lives and for the good of their flocks. They serve in the power provided by the Holy Spirit. The workman is worthy of his hire, but the motivation to serve as pastor should not be financial gain.
Matthew 10:9-10 (CJB) Don’t take money in your belts, no gold, no silver, no copper; 10 and for the trip don’t take a pack, an extra shirt, shoes or a walking stick — a worker should be given what he needs.
The pastor/elder is not to be a dictator. He is to be a servant-leader.
Matthew 20:25-27 (NASB) But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
Pastors cannot be expected to be completely perfect any more than the rest of us, but they should live in such a way that their church members want to emulate them. Sheep are basically followers, so the shepherd has a responsibility to lead them in the right direction. The pastor should be someone the congregation can safely follow because he is following after Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Pastoring according to Peter’s instructions is not easy. It takes a humble but hard-working person. However, if God has called a person to be a shepherd, He will reward that servant. The faithful pastor will receive an eternal crown, never fading.
John MacArthur Study Bible:
The Greek word for “not fade away” is the name of a flower, the amaranth. (pictured below)
Challenge: If you are a leader in the church, pray for wisdom in guiding the flock entrusted to you and power to exemplify Christ-like behavior. If you are not in a position of authority, pray daily for those who are!