1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed … (1 Peter 5).
Pastors, shepherds, bishops, overseers, “elders”—whatever you want to call them—they all (and I mean Every. Single. One. of them) need to be “exhorted” no less as much as they are called to exhort others. Before anyone was ever called by God to be a shepherd, he was first born-again by God into a sheep. We are all sheep—it’s just that some are also shepherds—and we all need others speaking words of exhortation into our lives. No matter how gifted the shepherd, none is exempt from exhortation.
Those shepherds who (much less through the Bible itself, but also) through books, or video’s, or even Meme’s on Facebook, are so prideful as to not allow others to exhort them and challenge them—well, these shepherds are doing nothing less than flirting with disqualification from gospel ministry. In that great day where “the glory that is to be revealed” comes to pass—that glory will be revealed to all of us alike—as sheep—and there will no longer be any shepherds among us at all, save the One Chief Shepherd.
Lord, keep us all from prideful rejection of exhortation This Day. Amen.