“And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” (1 Peter 5:1-4 NLT)
We discussed this in my church Bible study a few weeks ago and God bought it back to my remembrance. Peter is writing to the Christians in Asia Minor (Western Turkey Today). In this part of his letter his letter, he is speaking to the elders that are over the various churches in Asia Minor. One thing my pastor pointed out in bible study was what Peter said in the first verse. “And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you:” (1 Peter 5:1) Peter does not just start rambling off a bunch of do’s and don’ts. No! He establishes his credibility for what he is a about to say and who he is.
Peter encourages the elders over the churches to be a good steward over the flock God placed them over. It was not smooth sailing for the churches in Asia Minor at this time, Peter need to give them some encouragement and motivation. Peter also tells the elders put their heart into taking care of the church, don’t do it with an attitude of here we go again but do it wholeheartedly. Peter tells them don’t become a tyrant over the people and to lead by example with their own lives.
Has God given you a ministry? It does not matter the size or location, whatever that ministry is, be a good steward over it. Whether you are the pastor of a ten thousand seat arena or God had you start a teleconference bible study. We are to do the best we can at overseeing the ministries God has given us (this includes my self with morning coffee) If we put our whole heart into our ministry and we are a good steward over it, God will reward us.
Much Love & God Bless
Song to Listen to: Still by Hillsong (Instrumental) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyD3n84Oq-w