The adage “More is caught than taught” is truer today than it ever was. There is so much noise and chatter in the world that words have lost their meaning. People may not be listening, but they sure are watching. They want to know if someone is authentic. It is an excellent opportunity for Christians to share the Gospel. Be a willing example to those around you. Live in such a way that God gets the glory.
“Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
The Heart of a Shepherd
Peter is talking to those Pastors and Elders who are leading God’s people. He is telling them to be a good shepherd to them. Shepherds lead their sheep to green pastures so they can be nourished, they guide them through difficult situations, and they protect them from those who want to harm them. As my friend Lance always says: Lead, Feed, and Protect. The heart of the shepherd is the key. They have to lead by being a willing example to those following him.
Some people get into ministry because they want to be in charge. Others do it because they see the potential for a financial windfall. A true shepherd of Jesus Christ is someone who answers the call to ministry and desires to see the people grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. They understand their actions matter and make sure to live in such a way that others won’t stumble.
Be a Willing Example
Each minister of the Gospel needs to check their motivation for serving. Their heart has to be in the right place. They can’t be swayed by greed for power or money. Instead, they need to be a willing example of sacrificial living. Each pastor understands that humility is his most excellent tool and that each person is a child of God and needs to be treated that way. Be the good shepherd who cares for his flock.