A godly leader
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2
This is for all you leaders out there! Whether you lead a group in your church or at your job, whether its your family or with friends, we are all leaders somewhere. What ever group you are leading, whether big or small, this passage says it is a service to God! Wow! What an honor! The instruction given to leaders here is to care, pay attention to and provide for all those you are leading. It says to look out for their well being willingly, and no matter how frustrating they can be at times, do not lead grudgingly. People inevitably fall short of your expectations some time or another and the reason is because they are people. You will fall short as a leader at times too. The important thing is to be thankful that God has entrusted you with a group, and you lead with a willing and eager heart to serve God!
This passage not only tells us how to lead, it also tells us how not to lead. It says in verse three not to lord it over those assigned to you. It means don’t be dominating and oppressive. Don’t lead arrogantly acting as if you are better because you are in charge. Rather, appreciate your people because you are only as good as your team. Treat them right and lead by being a good example. Lastly, don’t seek to be a leader because you desire power or fame, a leader should be like Jesus and be the greatest servant of the entire group. In doing this, the passage says when Jesus comes, you will receive a crown of never ending glory and honor. An eternal crown of glory and honor. How about that? Now there’s something to be motivation by!
Today I want to encourage you to grow in your leadership positions by becoming a godly leader. Our example is our heavenly Father. He didn’t spare His own son for us, now we are to lead with that kind of love. To lay down our life for the crew. Jesus said in John 10:11 the good shepherd (leader) lays down His life for the sheep/team. Be the kind of leader that loves and enjoys their people, and not be bothered and annoyed by them. Recognize that God has given you this position because He wants to show His love to the entire group through your leadership!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:1-4