Lessons from 1 Peter: Other Care

How should we view those that we minister to? How should we care for them? How does God view them?

So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: Give a shepherd’s care to God’s flock among you, exercising oversights not merely as a duty but willingly under God’s direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly. And do not lord it over those entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away. – 1 Peter 5:1-4

We are to give a shepherd’s care to those that we minister to.  A shepherd watched over the flocks.  The shepherd kept the flocks from danger, made sure they were safe, and protected.  We are told to care for those we serve,  our sheep, not merely out of duty or because we are paid to, but willingly and eagerly.  

We are to be examples to those we minister to. We should care for those we serve, not as enforcers, expecting them to bow to us, lording our power over them.  We are to be examples of good conduct, serving in humility.

How should these truths change your life? (James 1:22)