Shepherding by Example
1 Peter 5:2-3

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

“Shepherd God's flock among you, . . . not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3 HCSB

The leaders of the church are to care for their people like a shepherd does his flock. The pastor is not to lord it over the people. He is not to be a domineering authority who is harsh and brutal. He is not to abuse his power or forcefully manipulate and strong-arm as a dictator flaunting his authority. Instead, the pastor is to be the example as a servant leader. Like the shepherd who walks in front of the sheep leading the way to green pastures and clear still waters, the pastor is to lead the way, tenderly caring for his flock. He is to be an example of the character of Christ in humility and servanthood.

Lord Jesus, help all who shepherd Your flock to lead by Your example as a servant. Help me to follow Your example and character by being filled with Your grace, mercy, and love.


  April 10, 2015

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