A Charge Before Charging

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you … 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.  4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory (1 Peter 5).

We could easily spend an entire day on each one of these, but in a nutshell, a pastor (or, for that matter, anyone who is employed by a church) must be glad, God-guided, greed-less, and good: he needs no outside supervision, because his motivation comes from within; he seeks no “Yes Men,” because he only cares about God’s will; he seeks not the reward of mere temporary gold, because his ultimate goal is eternal glory; he puts on no show, because he sees himself also as a sheep among sheep, seeking to lead by example.

These are verses every church worker should read often and slowly, looking to the Chief Shepherd as their perfect example in all of them—who gave His life freely, submitted His life humbly, spent His life totally, and lived His life perfectly. We should read them with a humble heart, always ready to be poked and prodded by God’s sovereign scepter. For, if we lack in any of these, our efforts become delusional and our effect diminished.

Lord, help us This Day (and every day) to heed this charge before charging into our ministry. Help us to be more like the Chief Shepherd! Amen.