1 Peter 5:4-5 NIV 2011
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Peter’s first letter concluded with information given to both the elders and the flock they were leading. Peter’s call from 1 Peter 5:2, “Be shepherds of God’s flock…” Just as Jesus fed his sheep with His words, Peter encouraged the elders/shepherds to offer godly instruction to their flock. The flock in turn was to listen and learn. Proverbs 3:34, quoted above, is a reminder to approach their position humbly. Presbuteros is the Greek word for elder: a mature, honorable person of integrity. God calls into leadership shepherds that have integrity, maturity and honor.
A. Wetherell Johnson was called by God to lead a women’s Bible study in Southern California during the 1950’s. I’m thankful daily He did. God chose a woman who began what is today a yearly study with more than 400,000 members in 70 counties around the world. God called her to that leadership position. There are many women and men God’s called to shepherd and lead women and men as they study the Bible. Though not called elders they are leaders who are mature individuals of integrity and honor.
How is God calling you to lead others?