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Humility And Faithfulness Among Leaders

"The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed; Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly" (1 Pet.5:1-2).

In corporate America, leadership and authority would certainly be strange bedfellows with humility and faithfulness. Many of the "great men" of the world exercise their power with either overbearing force, or more subtly, with money... When an army officer barks out a command, he expects it to be obeyed. When an executive on Wall Street throws money at a problem, he does so with expectations that his underlings will rapidly do his bidding. Jesus turned that thinking upside down with these words; "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant" (Matt.20:26). Weakness and strength, power and servitude, meekness and might have been reversed among the people of God. The apostle Paul believed he was at his strongest when he was weak... "Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor.12:10). In today's two verses, Peter is writing about the leadership among the 1st century churches, as he talked about elders. Peter grounded leadership in the church of Christ on the moral authority of faithful men who set their hearts on servitude. As an apostle, Peter served the universal church, but as an elder he served a local congregation. Jesus set the tone as a Shepherd of His people, (1 Pet.2:25) and elders in local congregations were to committed to oversee the flock. Unalike soldiers and corporate leaders, elders did not wield a "big stick," and were to exercise leadership without using force, money or coercion... Church leaders are to serve by example because of the respected men they had proven themselves to be. Though headaches and heartbreaks might accompany their work, their efforts for the Lord would not go on unnoticed.... "And not as lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away... " (1 Pet.5:3-4). We will study humility and faithfulness from the pen of Peter this week. Stay around for the ride...

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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