A Community Strong for Suffering
A Community Strong for Suffering - 1 Peter 5:1-5
Leaders, lead with a heart to serve. (1-4)
Peter’s perspective for exhortation (1)
Three instructions for shepherding (2-3)
The words “God’s flock” remind the elders that the congregation does not belong to them. It is God’s church, and they are given the privilege and responsibility of shepherding it.
Greed and selfish interest are so near at hand in all human hearts that especially in this work they must be constantly guarded against.
The overarching motivation for servant leadership (4)
The designation of Jesus as the Chief Shepherd reminds the leaders that they are fundamentally servants, not autocrats. Their positions of leadership are a responsibility, not a privilege by which they advance their own status. As shepherds they serve under the authority of the Chief Shepherd, doing his will rather than theirs.
You who are younger, submit. (5a)
All of you, be humble toward one another. (5b)
Smooth relations in the church can be preserved if the entire congregation adorns itself with humility. When believers recognize that they are creatures and sinners, they are less apt to be offended by others. Humility is the oil that allows relationships in the church to run smoothly and lovingly.