1 Peter 5:1-11
Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2 to tend the flock of God in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those in your charge but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion, evil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist evil, steadfast in your faith, for you know your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
This wonderful passage from 1 Peter 5 speaks to all of us. The Elders who are in charge of a flock should tend to the flock but not with oppression and ulterior motives, but with love and compassion. Those who are under the care of the Elder need to listen to the Elder. But even more importantly, Peter wants us to know God opposes the proud. We are not to “act” as though we are better than anyone, but we are to be humble, keeping in mind we are under the authority of God.
Then Peter adds this comforting thought: Because we are under God’s authority and love, we can cast our anxiety on him. We need not fear evil, only remain steadfast in the faith. In so doing, we will be restored, supported, strengthened, and established. Such words deserve a hallelujah!
May we always remain in steadfast in the faith!