1 Peter 5:1–5 (ESV)
the Flock of God
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker
in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not
domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger,
be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
In this section of 1 Peter, Pastors are told how to conduct themselves as well as how the flock is to behave. I know I have always tried to take Jesus as my example when He
says I did not come to be served, but to serve. I may be the pastor, but I try not to put myself above my flock, but below. I try to lead by example, but sometimes I must admit… that I could do a better job. I don’t know of any
pastor who thinks he is doing a perfect job. The scriptures also state: 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes
the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Sometimes the wolves we are battling are in the flock itself. There are many power struggles going on in the church… and we need to work together for Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help me to lead in a God-pleasing way and I pray for my flock to follow in a God-pleasing
way. Forgive us when we fail and point us to Christ. Amen.