1 Peter 5:2-4 NIV 2011
Be shepherds of god’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
The apostle Peter walked beside Jesus during His earthly ministry. His letters to the churches surrounding Asia Minor reveal all he learned as a disciple. He heard Jesus’ words to John. John 21:16, “Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’” Sheep tend to wander therefore need a good shepherd. 1 Peter 2:25, “For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd. John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd.” The Good Shepherd is the ultimate model of leadership for believers.
Paul’s farewell words to the Elders at Ephesus echo Peter’s words. Acts 20:28b, “Be shepherds of the Church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Each of us as followers of Christ received forgiveness for our sins through His atoning death at the cross. He gave His life for my sins as our Good Shepherd. What am I willing to do for Him? Serving Him as His leader hasn’t cost me my life but I willingly do it daily. I’m following His model of leadership and shepherding.
What sheep need our leadership?
Following the Good Shepherd’s leadership,