Shepherds of the Flock
1 Peter 5:2

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2015, Max D. Hutto,

“Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;” 1 Peter 5:2 NIV

Peter is exhorting the leaders of the church to shepherd God’s flock. In John 21, Jesus had used this same term to describe what Peter was to do. To shepherd a flock means to tend, care, and guide them. It carries the idea of leading, protecting, and providing for the flock. A person does this task of pastoring not out of compulsion but willingly serving as God desires. While a pastor should be paid fairly for his work, he serves not for the sole purpose of earning money but because he eagerly desires to serve God and His people.

Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing me to serve You. Guide all who shepherd Your flock to serve and honor You this day by caring for Your people.


  March 27, 2015

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