Leaders needed

RE Verse reading–1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:1-11 (day six)
“To the elders among you. . .be shepherds of God’s flock. . .serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing. . .not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (5:1-3)  Christians need leaders.  Sheep need shepherds.  God’s people never do well when “everyone does what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25)  Part of God’s love (for us and for the world) is to appoint leaders over the church.  Three names for the same office.  Elder.  Shepherd (Pastor).  Overseer.   The qualifications are high.  God’s leaders must be willing.  Volunteers. Eager.  More concerned about service than personal success.  Must use example as the main power of influence rather than heavy-handed authority.  In times of persecution (such as Peter wrote in) leadership becomes even more necessary and dangerous.  Even so, God is faithful to give leaders and reward them for service.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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