Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Shepherding the Flock

I've been reading HOPE AGAIN, a book by Charles Swindoll. Most of the scripture for the book is from 1 Peter. For anyone in any kind of leadership position his points are very noteworthy.

  • 1 Peter 5:1-4

To Elders and Young Men

1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 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; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. [emphasis mine]

Quoting Swindoll about Shepherds (or all leadership) over the flock:

"There is nothing quite as exciting or delightful as a shepherd who emits enthusiasm. Such zeal is contagious! His love for the Scriptures becomes the flock's love for the Scriptures. His joyful commitment to obeying God becomes theirs. No wonder Peter emphasizes eagerness. His passion for the unsaved becomes their passion. How refreshing it is to be around shepherds who are getting up in years but still eager and enthusiastic! Peter also highlights: an attitude of meekness."

To the flock (toward leadership) Swindoll writes:

"Be tolerant. A better word is patient. Try your best not to be too demanding or set your expectations too high. Confront when necessary... but even then be kind. Be tactful. Pray for them! Encourage them! When you do, you'll find them more willing to serve the Lord among you."

Very exciting, yet humbling advice on both sides! Let's do our part (on both sides) Amen? Amen!

Choosing JOY,


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