DEVOTION: Leadership in the Church (1 Peter 5:1-4)
It’s always helpful to get what it means to be a leader in the church into perspective. So today, some words from Peter. But instead of the term “elders”, let’s substitute “church leaders.”
Because when Peter says that role of a leader is to be a shepherd of God’s flock, what he means is that a leader is to do everything possible to look after God’s people. In other words, they are to exercise their ministries in caring for others, and they are to try to keep those under their charge from either wandering off the path or being snatched away by others.
The implication, of course, is that we should only accept leadership roles if we are correctly motivated ourselves. Because a leader should always want to use their gifts and abilities to help others in the faith and for no other reason. Indeed, being a reluctant member who has been coerced into leadership, or someone who has agreed to participate because of the lack of skills or unwillingness of others, are not the right grounds for taking on leadership in the church. Rather, only those who have been called by God, should take on a leadership role. And they should be eager to carry out what he has called them to do.
And if we follow those simple guidelines, Peter, suggests, with the emphasis in leadership on caring for others, then when Jesus comes again they will be rewarded with the crown of glory.
Now it’s an interesting passage from Peter, and one which puts fairly and squarely the responsibilities that goes with accepting leadership in any church. But is it the way the church currently works? Indeed, are our leaders always motivated to look after those who are under their care?
Posted: 12th October 2018
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